A BREAK FROM CONFLICT
Hopes that World War I would be the “war to end all wars” began to fade as the United States watched Germany and Japan claw their way out of the Great Depression to begin a period of military build-up and territorial expansion. Ignoring most of the world’s problems through a policy of isolation, the United States nevertheless began to prepare for the trouble that was brewing for the future. In this gallery, discover Maidie B. Jones and her 1930 Gold Star Pilgrimage overseas to see the grave of her son who died in World War I. Watch a film and learn about the large-scale training exercises held in the De Soto National Forest called the Mississippi Maneuvers. Peer inside a full-scale hutment that housed troops at Camp Shelby in the early 1940s.