The purpose of this section is to give the student access to all primary and secondary resources for Unit 3.4: Montana and World War 1 - 1914 to 1918.
"In 1917[,] American entry into World War I led to an extreme nationalism that would have been humorous had it not been so destructive of individual liberties. The Montana Council of Defense, authorized by federal directives to root out pro-German sentiments on the local level, proved to be one of the most zealous such organizations in the nation. The Montana Sedition Act of 1918 served as a model for similar federal legislation. By the winter of 1917-18 the state was so well organized that even the smallest community had its local council and the public, generally favorable to the growing disregard for civil rights, had learned to be alert for the enemies within" (Montana Historical Society).
"Before the use of internal combustion engines, some Montana ranchers raised horses exclusively. These animals gained acclaim for their stamina and quality and the outbreak of World War I placed a premium on their supply as artillery and cavalry mounts. European army representatives attended the Miles City horse market - one of the world's largest - to fill their needs. Helena banker Samuel McKennan visited the community and enlightened merchant prince T. C. Power on the brisk international sales" (Montana Historical Society).