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New exhibition marks 100th anniversary of America entering WWI

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Union Terminal, Jacksonville, Florida, 1921
Union Terminal, Jacksonville, Florida, 1921. Booming war industries and the oppression of Jim Crow accelerated the phenomenon known as "The Great Migration" of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North during WWI.
Courtesy of Metro Jacksonville Photographs

One hundred years ago this week, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I.  

Two million American men would be shipped overseas to fight, and more than 100,000 would die. Back home, the U.S. was undergoing its own transformation: prohibition, women's suffrage, the Great Migration.  

A new exhibit, "WWI America," opening Saturday, April 8, at the Minnesota History Center pays tribute to that turbulent time.

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