Propaganda

  Propaganda is the use of information to sway the public’s opinion on a current political topic. Propaganda is biased and used to mislead the viewer to accept a one-sided point of view. Although propaganda was nothing new, World War I was the first time the organized dissemination of information was used on a large…

Life in 1917: Learn More

Want to learn more about life before WWI? Check out some of these great resources: 1910-1919 by Joanna Bourke (click here for Army collection) The 1910s by David Blanke The 1910s ed. John F. Wukovits The 1910s decade in photos: a decade that shook the world by Jim Corrigan The 1910s from World War I to Ragtime Music by Stephen Feinstein (click here for…

Book Club: The Sleepwalkers Discussion Questions

Here are some ideas to think about while reading this book. Use them to guide your thinking as well as the discussion during your book club meeting. How would you define a nation state during the early 20th century? How does nationalism cross borders? How did nationalism contribute to the crisis of 1914? What impact…

El Paso, Texas (Fort Bliss): World War I Era, 1910-1919

Fort Bliss At the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, Fort Bliss was one link in a chain of American military posts near the border. These posts included forts McIntosh, Sam Houston, and Clark in the Department of Texas, and forts Apache and Huachuca in the Department of the Colorado.        Fort Bliss, circa…

Book Club: The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark

This months’ Book for #rememberww1 virtual book club is “Sleepwalkers” by Christopher Clark. In October of 2014 Clark gave a presentation at the World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri on “How Europe Went to War in 1914.” Clark discusses how his book comes from the angle of not “why” Europe went…

Life in 1917: What would you be doing?

We were curious about all the different cultural and professional changes that occurred before, during, and after the war which lead us to ask this question: What would we have been doing professionally in 1917?Now, as we are librarians, a profession that did exist,  chances are we would still be doing the same thing, though…

Life in 1917

When 1917 began, the United States was still involved in the conflict with Pancho Villa in Mexico. The American public was aware of the conflict of Europe but still not war hungry. Instead they were preoccupied with their everyday lives. They had just elected the first woman to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana (who won…

March 1, 1917 -The Zimmermann Telegram

According to the National Archives: “In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, von Eckhardt, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause.” The telegram was decoded to read:”We intend to begin on the first of February…

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