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Historical South Carolina Newspapers: World War I

Delve into the rich content of historical South Carolina newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922 through suggested topics, important dates, interesting articles, and tips for searching.

Selected Articles from Chronicling America

These selected articles represent topics and events during World War I from South Carolina newspapers.

World War I Topics Guide

Suggested Search Terms

  • Click on any of these search terms to see their results within South Carolina newspapers.
armistice Four Minute Men Gov. Richard Manning
Camp Sevier liberty bonds Red Cross
Camp Jackson liberty gardens Treaty of Versailles
Camp Wadsworth Lusitania Women's Committee of the State Council of Defense
Charleston Navy Yard Woodrow Wilson
  •  Click on any of these search terms to see their results within newspapers from across the United States during 1914-1918.
armistice Germany Servia
Austro-Hungary Lusitania                  Treaty of Versailles                        
Christmas truce Red Cross war declaration
Franz Ferdinand Russia Woodrow Wilson
Food Administration Zimmermann


Suggested Search Strategies

  • To find articles written during World War I, limit the date range to 1914-1918.
  • Use variations of terms to locate more results.

Important Dates

1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is assassinated in June.
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
Germany declares war on Russia & France.
Britain declares war on Germany.
Austria declares war on Russian & Japan.
Japan declares war on Germany.
1915 Lusitania is torpedoed by a German U-boat in May causing it to sink, killing 1,200 passengers.
1916 S.C. Governor Richard Manning re-elected to a second term.
1917 Camp Jackson created in Richland County, S.C.
Zimmermann telegram discovered.
U.S. declares war on Germany & Austria-Hungary in April.
Reserve Officer Training Corps established at University of South Carolina.
Camp Sevier established in Greenville County, S.C. to train National Guard soldiers.
1918 Germany surrenders in November (Armistice Day).
1919 Treaty of Versailles is signed in June.


Images & Headlines Found in Chronicling America

Red Cross ad, 1918

"Don't Forget Your Garden!" ad in Manning Times, 1918

Governor Richard Manning, circa 1914

Liberty Bond ad, 1918

Food Calendar, 1918

Front page of The Watchman and Southron, Nov. 13, 1918

"Great Parade in Columbia," April 1919

Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of World War I

For nationwide coverage of topics related to World War I, visit these Topics Guides created by the Library of Congress' Serial and Government Publications Division.