Something else that I’m doing now…a bit of a change of pace

Now it’s on to the Great War. It’s a move I’ve been contemplating for a while. There will be a book, though I haven’t exactly settled on precisely what form that will take (book form, obviously). Also another, different project: on my town — Dayton, Ohio — in the First World War. Maybe that’s not exactly right. Rather on the United States in the First World War, but with Dayton serving as the United States in microcosm. It’s got it all: heavy industry and high tech (National Cash Register and Dayton Wright — you know, the Wright Brothers?), conscientious objectors, militant interventionists, large German-American, Hungarian-American, and African-American populations, and a cast of memorable characters. In short, Dayton represents Middle America pretty well, with just enough that’s unique about it to make it interesting. That’s not what my next book will be about, but rather my next film. My first film, actually.

More to come, including a bit on why the First World War should matter to Americans.

In the meantime, check out my Facebook page on Dayton in the Great Warjcl in army 3.

This guy? He’s my grandpa. Not from Dayton, not even from Ohio — from New York City by way of Bridgeport, Connecticut — but I just like the photo. Taken at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina, sometime in 1918.

1 Comment

Filed under Military history, The Great War, World War I

One response to “Something else that I’m doing now…a bit of a change of pace

  1. Jeremy

    Sounds cool! I work at Baldwin Wallace Unv in Berea. Right before WWI, Baldwin Unv and German Wallace College had just merged (1913). During the war, students and faculty came together to basically oust BW President Arthur Breslich because they felt his alligence wasn’t American enough. They faculty even sent a set of resolutions to Woodrow Wilson to say, “Hey, we are all american!” Wilson actually sent a reply thanking the college.
    I’m sure the Dayton stuff will be interesting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s