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The generation that went to war in 1914 was one of the most literate in history. The poetry and prose that arose from the conflict is still part of Canada's literary fabric. Individuals had many reasons to write their personal narratives of the war. They range from "this is my story" to "who was to blame", and from the personal to the societal. Although innumerable histories have been published about the Great War, it is often these self histories, reminiscences and diaries that prove the most revealing. These recollections provide insight that can neither be wholly got through the heavily censored government histories that were published as propaganda while the conflict raged, nor the reflective histories written after.
Material for this section comes from the Pamphlet Collection and the Walter C. Murray Presidential Papers