World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont
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In 1917, Stanford University leased a portion of its land to allow the creation of Camp Fremont, headquartered in present-day Menlo Park. That brought the war into the Bay Area's backyard. Soldiers received a welcome reception, and locals embraced the potential economic opportunities. However, the military presence also revealed the conflict Americans felt over the war. Residents threatened conscientious objectors within their community, while the government mollified fears of the vice that often followed troops in training. Armistice came earlier than expected, and many soldiers trained for combat they never saw. But all contributed to the growth and change that arrived with the modern era. Author Barbara Wilcox tells Camp Fremont's story of adaptability, bravery and extraordinary accomplishment during the Great War.
The History Press
: 9781467118910
: The History Press
: 01/11/2016
: California
: Military
: 55 Black And White
: 144
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Barbara Wilcox is a longtime journalist and writer in news, public affairs and American culture. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. This book grew out of her Stanford thesis research, which was awarded the Stanford Historical Society Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing. She lives in Menlo Park on the site of Camp Fremont's school for bakers and cooks.
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