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Originally published at https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/09/msu-fall-semester-events-mark-wwi-centennial/ by Sammy McDavid

World War I and America image from Library of America.
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In observance of World War I's centennial, Mississippi State University is sponsoring three public events during the 2017 fall semester.

The library's Special Collections and campus' G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America's Veterans are coordinating the programs, all to begin at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's third-floor John Grisham Room.

Until a second global conflict erupted two decades later, the early 20th century's most horrific military event was known as The European War and The Great War.

WWI took place July 28, 1914-Nov. 11, 1918, and involved more than 70 million military personnel. More than nine million died in combat, a number almost matched by the seven million civilian deaths related to the conflagration.

On one side were the Allies: forces of Russia, France and Great Britain, joined later by Italy, Japan and the U.S. The opposing Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary eventually gained support from the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria.

Free to all, the programs include:

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of the Library of America, presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

For additional information on MSU's WWI programs, contact Sarah McCullough, MSU Libraries' cultural heritage project coordinator, at 662-325-2506 or smcullough@library.msstate.edu; or Brian Locke, the Montgomery Center's interim director, at 325-6719 or bsl117@msstate.edu.

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