The Great War opened the eyes of South Carolinians. In 1917, the United States recognized the threat that Imperial Germany posed to the rest of the world, and declared war on the rampaging country and her allies. The nation was immediately thrust into a new kind of war?one that would transform American society. Following the patriotic lead of the president and Congress, South Carolina's leaders took steps to foster total support for the war effort among residents of the Palmetto State. With insight from curators at the South Carolina's top museums, this engaging, accessible history explores the state's contributions to the war effort and examines the impact the Great War had on its people. Also highlighted are the South Carolinians who served their country on the Western front and helped break the Hindenburg line. Compelling and poignant, this look at South Carolina's role in World War I shows how the state and its people rose to the call of duty to help defeat one of history's gravest threats.