What did daddy do in the Great War little girl? Daddy wore fancy collars and drank Brandy and played squash (and even richer and whiter version of tennis) while the real men beat back the Germans in trenches.
We’re taking a look at the propaganda that fueled enlistment and support during WWI. And We’re going to hear from those who opposed the war. There is an assignment I love in here somewhere.
I encourage you to look at some propaganda from the war. All propaganda plays on one of few common themes: fear, patriotism, challenges to manhood/womanhood, sacrifice for the greater good, racism toward the Other.
ASSIGNMENT: You’re going to be creating a piece of propaganda similar to the 4-minutemen speeches OR a anti-war speech. These need to be approximately 250-350 words.
Propaganda should encourage people to do one of the following: (1) buy war bonds, (2) enlist, (3) boost support for the war.
Protest should make use of (1) the sacrifice of regular people, (2) the motives of the countries fighting, (3) opposition to the draft.
One of the worst things history does is reduce real people to one event or character type: the hero, the bad guy, the crusader. These are real people, flawed like us all. Using the documents I have given you, I want you to take this idea and explain our memories of Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson.
I would start by saying you need to look back over the notes taken in class and the points mentioned from the textbook. I will put some terms and questions below the cartoons. Make sure that you understand — and could write on — these items.
Here are some topics that could be on the writing section.
- The media’s role in the decision to declare war on Spain
- The problems that came with the rapid industrialization and expansion of American cities
- Carnegie, Rockefeller and the empires they built
- Immigration during the late 1800s
- Triangle Shirtwaist
There will also be a short number of IDs. These are people, events, etc. that you need to describe.
- City machines, political bosses, William “boss” Tweed
- Social Darwinism
- Gospel of Wealth and Andrew Carnegie
- Jacob Riis “How the Other Half Lives”
- Major labor strikes/clashes: Haymarket Square, Homestead Strike, Pullman Strike (see Zinn excerpt)