The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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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 Friday, November 15, 2019 - 01:11 AM.