Examine Wisconsin's response to World War I one hundred years ago in The Great War Comes to Wisconsin: Sacrifice, Patriotism, and Free Speech in a Time of Crisis. Often called "The War to End All Wars" or "The Great War," World War I was the first "total war" of the twentieth century, a war so large that it engaged virtually the entire world. This book captures the American homefront experience through a Wisconsin lens: the political debates over war policy, the worry over loved ones fighting overseas, the countless everyday sacrifices, and the impact of a wartime hysteria that drove dissent underground. The book also includes letters and accounts from soldiers fighting the war from Wisconsin's famed 32nd Division.

Richard L. Pifer retired in 2015 from his position as Director of Reference and Public Services for the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library-Archives Division. He received a PhD in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His historical research was focused on homefront history in Wisconsin during the First and Second World Wars. Dr. Pifer is also the author of City at War: Milwaukee During World War II.



  • Occurs Thursday, November 30th, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


UW-Madison Memorial Library, Room 126

728 State St.
Madison, WI 53706