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Transcript of a letter from John Durr to his mother, Lucy.

In the letter John describes living conditions on the front lines in France; the shooting down of a German plane ("our first glimpse of war"); and the excitement most of the men feel during the fighting: "We stood on a hill under the moonlight last night, listening to a continuous roar of cannon, and watching the sky line flash with light and hearing the buzz of airoplanes [sic]. Beyond question, it was fascinating - to such an extent that thoughts of 'making the world safe for Democracy' had to be summoned as a legitimate excuse for enjoying the situation."

Creator: John Durr
Date: March 23, 1918
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Correspondence

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ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard:
Grade 4: Standard(s) 11
Grade 6: Standard(s) 3
Grade 9: Standard(s) 12
Grade 11: Standard(s) 4

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