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Announcer: Welcome to the How World War I Changed America podcast series, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with host Dr. Libby O'Connell.


Libby O'Connell: Welcome everyone, this is Dr. Libby O'Connell with our podcast topic today of Coming Home, and we're thrilled to be talking to Jennifer Keene. Dr. Keene is the Dean of Wilkinson College, Professor of History at Chapman University. She's going to be talking to us about legacies and coming home from World War I. Welcome, Jennifer.


Jennifer Keene: Thank you. Pleased to be here.


Libby O'Connell: There are a lot of aspects of World War I that just are sort of hazy to most Americans, but this one I think the veteran's experience in coming home is particularly poorly recognized. Like Europeans, Americans sought to memorialize those who had fought and died during World War I, can you tell us about what the debate was in America? What should these commemorations look like?