Higher Education | Chronicling three sad years of conflict on the Bryan College campus
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/17/17, 10:01 am
A century ago the summer of 1917 was particularly discouraging for soldiers in the trenches. The European Civil War (also known as World War I) that began in August 1914 still had no end in sight.
It wasn’t clear who would win, but the death toll was growing and would be close to 10 million when the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918. William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson’s first secretary of state, resigned in 1915 when he could see Wilson edging the United States toward war and more death: Not on my watch, the Great Commoner declared.