Global 1919: Presentation and Resources

Participants in this workshop should broaden their perspectives on the events of 1919 in World and US History classes by learning about how activists from many communities around the world used the post-World War One peace process to advance their claims for more rights. Participants also learn how to engage students in close reading of primary sources that uncover the global nature of the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Versailles. Click here for that lesson plan.

My work on this topic is deeply indebted to the work of Erez Manela and Mona Siegel. When I noted this on Twitter prior to History Fest 2019, Manela graciously responded with more wise words. Siegel’s book came out in December 2019, available here, and deeply influenced this project. I’m looking forward to Mathieu’s forthcoming book on Black soldiers in World War One.


Slides for classroom, paired texts lesson

Primary Sources

Folder with primary source documents



Pan African Congress


Egyptians protest British colonialism. Image via AhramOnline

Korea: March 1st Movement


  • Women’s Petitions to Leagues Framers,” New York Times, April 13, 1919. Mona L. Siegel notes that this article was written by Constance Drexel of the Chicago Tribune. Drexel was also a feminist activist
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Resolutions from 1st Congress, Zurich, May 1915. WILPF adopted that name at the 2nd Congress. This document probably shaped Wilson’s 14 Points.
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Resolutions from 2nd Congress, Zurich, May 1919

China: May 4th Movement

The Philippines


Additional Sources

Secondary Sources


I presented versions of this at Minnesota History Fest (2019)—click here for slides—at Minnesota Council for the Social Studies (2020)—slides here— and National Council for the Social Studie. Both presentations grew my 2018 History Fest presentation: Putting the World in World War One. Work on these presentations led to a paired texts lesson for students on Global 1919 and a visual contextualization lesson on the global dimensions of World War One.

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