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Utah and the Great War: A Conversation with Allan Kent Powell

We sat down with Kent Powell, a distinguished Utah historian, to talk about the state’s involvement in the First World War. Powell’s research provides much insight about the coordination of home front efforts by the council of defense—an organizing mechanism that extended from the federal government to the county level—and a host of community groups. In this interview, we also discuss the experience of ethnic minorities, especially Germans, during WWI. Finally, we learned a bit about Powell’s own experiences during more than forty years with the Utah State Historical Society.