Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, 1918
The photograph is of 10 World War I YMCA Educational Secretaries who are stationed at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, Iowa. The image was taken in 1918, the last year of the war.
- What do you notice about the photograph that seems unusual when you think about photos of military personnel, such as the African-American Captains at Ft. Des Moines, October 15, 1917? What do you notice about the body language and facial expressions?
- Knowing information about the time period and its history, why do you speculate that there is only one African American in this picture?