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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
While Washington, D. C., awaits the Expos (would they just move them already?), the Washington Post is running a feature, Bringing Back the Senators, a day-by-day retrospective of the 1924 championship season.
One of them bespeaks a happier time in Franco-American relations as does a smashing book. A Fraternity of Arms: American and France in the Great War. The book describes a very Bostonian event at which Marshall Joffre is greeted with wild enthusiasm at Faneuil Hall (James Michael Curley officiating), making a droll reference that only a few weeks earlier at the same venue, the news that German U-boats were sinking British shipping at a brisk pace was cheered as well, albeit with somewhat less enthusiasm.
You might also enjoy a book about the ambulance drivers, entitled Gentlemen Volunteers: The Story of American Ambulance Drivers in the Great War by Arlen Hansen as well as some of the many memoirs/recruiting tools penned by many of these drivers. By the way, here is a link to a memoir of one such driver. When I was younger, I always thought that had I been a young lad in 1915-1916, I would have volunteered for such service. Interesting to note that, like Rockwell, many of the drivers went over because they thought we owed France something for our independence.
Speaking of Acadia, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the French settlement in St. Croix in present day New Brunswick. So, for about three years, things were going well in North America--France on one end, Spain on the other. Then--Bam!--1607 and the English show up and spoil everything. Anyway, here are a few links related to this anniversary: Champlain Anniversary * Ste. Croix 2004 * Champlain Society
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With the apparent purpose of raising money for a charity related to French soldiers and their families, a book entitled "For France" was published in 1917. It is a collection of essays, poems, drawings (cover art by N.C. Wyeth), paintings contributed by prominent artists of the day and some American volunteers with the French Army. It is fascinating how it reveals the ardent desire of so many Americans to help France and their firm belief that the United States--especially the government--was shirking its duty.