We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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Over Here: Fresno County During the Great War

This digital exhibit explores national trends on the home-front during World War I with emphasis on Fresno County. Through an extensive propaganda campaign, the federal government rallied the American people to support an unpopular war. Americans, especially immigrants, were urged to actively demonstrate their patriotism through the purchase of war bonds and contributions to supply drives. Children were asked to sell war savings stamps and to collect paper, shoes, or tin. Women were tasked with creating victory gardens, knitting hats and socks for soldiers and altering their cooking habits to send the best food to the troops. Articles in the Fresno Republican urged local farmers to grow more wheat and reported that federal “experts” would come to the Valley to show them better farming practices. These efforts supported the goals at every level of government to gather the resources to fight the first worldwide war. Click here to explore Over Here: Fresno County During the Great War.


This exhibit was made possible through the research and writing of Fresno State graduate intern Becky Brown.

Last Updated Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:38 AM.