April 1917

The American Melting Pot crosses the Ocean

On 2 April 1917 the Congress of the United States of America voted the entry into the war against Germany and the Central Powers, though the President Thomas Woodrow Wilson was not fully convinced of the opportunity to take part the conflict. The Americans, so far remained rather indifferent to the conflict, finally plying the ocean to participate as protagonists, and not as spectators, to the war.

The Army arriving in Europe is a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, fruit of the union of different people living in the United States and the large number of migrants that from late '800 to early '900 went to America in search of fortune. However this myth of the new American people went into crisis during the war, when during the call to arms, many young men - even second generation - were not even able to express themselves in English.