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The Forgotten Contributions of the United States in WWI with Madeleine Johnson

When we think of World War I, the trenches of Europe, the poetry of Wilfred Owen, and the poppies of Flanders fields often come to mind. But there's a chapter in this vast historical saga that often remains in the shadows: America's role in the Great War.



In the latest episode of History Rage, we are graced by the passionate historian Madeleine Johnson, whose expertise and fervor for the subject shed light on the often overlooked contributions of the United States during the latter years of WWI.


Madeleine's journey into the depths of the Great War is as personal as it is academic. Sparked by the tragic story of her great uncle—a tale of despair, PTSD, and a mysterious demise in France—Johnson's quest for truth leads her through the annals of history and into the heart of a nation's silent legacy.


Throughout the episode, she dismantles the myth that the United States was a mere bystander or a latecomer to the war. She argues convincingly that America's participation, though shorter in duration, was no less significant than that of its European allies. From the vital supply of materials to the indomitable spirit of the American soldiers, the US's contribution was both substantial and critical to the war's outcome.


Listeners are taken on a vivid journey from the halls of art history, where Madeleine began her academic career, to the battlefields of Belleau Wood, where American marines earned their reputation as fierce warriors. She speaks with a blend of exasperation and urgency, urging us to recognize the sacrifices made and the victories achieved by the American Expeditionary Forces.


The episode is not just a historical recount; it's a call to reexamine the narratives we've been told and to appreciate the complexities of a war that shaped the modern world. Johnson's eloquent rage is infectious, and by the end of the podcast, you'll find yourself questioning what else you might have misunderstood about our past.



History Rage invites us to challenge our perceptions and to understand that history is not just about the battles fought but also about the stories remembered—or forgotten. Madeleine Johnson's voice is a clarion call to honor those who fought valiantly yet vanished into the annals of time.


So, if you're ready to have your understanding of World War I turned on its head, tune in to this episode of History Rage. It's more than a history lesson; it's a revelation that will leave you both enlightened and, quite possibly, a little enraged.

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