In the early twentieth century, Alaska was facing an
exciting future as the newest US territory. Yet just
five years after its official designation, the country
entered World War I and citizens were called to fight.
Despite the threat of an economic downfall, Alaska
sent more people per capita to war than any other
state and displayed patriotism at home that rivaled
that of the states.
The Fires of Patriotism explores Alaska’s wartime
experience, bringing to light new stories and new
characters from a decade that shook the world. This
multifaceted book explores the era through engaging
stories and rare photos, offering a new perspective
on the First World War from a marginal land that
forged its place in the greater unity of the country.
Fascinating. . . .This book contains considerable information and opens up a period of Alaskan history that frequently gets overlooked. . . . It shows how even a remote region in an age of limited communications and slow transportation could get enveloped in events very far away.