Welcome to the class blog of Families at War (Honors 293U), a course offered through the Honors College at West Virginia University!
In this class we are considering how American families have experienced and participated in their country’s wars. We wonder, how has this changed or remained constant over time? How have location, gender, class, race, and ethnicity played a part? How have families experienced war differently depending on how close the home front and front lines were to one another? How have cultural and technological changes influenced families’ experience of war?
To answer these questions we consider six American wars: the Revolutionary War, the “Indian” Wars of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Civil War, World War II, the war in Vietnam, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.