Alvin York


Photo of Sergeant Alvin C. York, May 25, 1919. Public domain

We’re coming up on the centennial of the act of heroism that earned Alvin York the Medal of Honor. His name is known thanks to the 1941 film “Sergeant York,” but it takes a lot of liberties, and omits what he believed was his greatest accomplishment.

Tracy's Research:

  • Tennessee Virtual Archive. “Alvin York.” http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15138coll10
  • “Invitation to unveiling of Alvin C. York Memorial on Capitol grounds.” http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15138coll10/id/124
  • Lowary, Jake. “Why the legacy of Tennessee's greatest war hero may not be the Medal of Honor.” The Tennessean. 3/18/2018. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/03/19/alvin-york-world-war-1-history-centennial-history-tennessee/312827002/
  • Birdwell, Michael E. “York Institute—A Legacy in Distress.” http://sgtyork.org/york-agricultural-institute
  • Hoobler, James A. “Sergeant York Historic Area.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 1979). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/42625933
  • Birdwell, Michael E. “Alvin Cullum York: The Myth, The Man, and the Legacy.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 4 (WINTER 2012). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/42628278 and https://www.jstor.org/stable/42628298
  • Beattie, Taylor V. and Ronald Bowman. “In Search of York: Man, Myth & Legend.” Army History, No. 50 (Summer–Fall 2000). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26304948
  • Mastriano, Douglas V. “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.” The University Press of Kentucky. 2014.

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, education, military history, U.S. history, World War I, heroism, wwi, Medal of Honor