The Lusitania was a British ocean liner that was at the pinpoint of technology in 1915 when it was sunk into the ocean by a German U-boat. 128 Americans were killed in the attack, and that fueled the fire for WW1 in America. I chose this source because it is one of the main reasons that the US joined the war effort against Germany, although not the literal reason. Though it was found later to have weapons on board, the Lustitania was a personal attack on American values as a neutral nation, and was the birthing ground for modern public uproar. King, Greg. "Lessons from the Sinking of the Lusitania." The History Reader, 1 Mar. 2015, www.thehistoryreader.com/modern-history/lessons-from-the-sinking-of-the-lusitania/. Accessed 1 Mar. 2018.
This is one of the famous propaganda cartoons asking men to enlist to stop the Germans in WW1. This is enticing because the US demonizes Germany as a horrid beast. This shows how the government can sway the public’s opinion in order to win an audience to go to war. In showing the enemy as a monster or something intimidating, it causes great nationalism and pride to know they are fighting against seemingly impossible odds. "US Propaganda During WWI." War to End All Wars, https://sites.google.com/site/wartoendallwarscom/home/us-propaganda-during-ww1. Accessed 6 Mar. 2018.
This is a picture of a couple of men sitting in a trench cleaning a lewis gun. Trench warfare was considered a new form of combat, but provided minimal fighting and barely any ground gained ny either side. The trenches were often dirty and unsanitary, causing many to die of sickness rather than guns. I chose this source because it captures the true light of what went on in those god-awful trenches. The war was over-dramaticized as a glorious war and it was an honor to fight for your country, when in reality it brought barely any victory in return for gruesome death and destruction. "Life in the Trenches of the First World War." The Long, Long Trail, www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldiers/a-soldiers-life-1914-1918/life-in-the-trenches-of-the-first-world-war/. Accessed 6 Mar. 2018.
This is a poem called “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. He was a gunnery sergeant during WW1 and fought in the 2nd battle of Ypres, in Belgium. This is his viewpoint of the horrors of the war, and the slight breaks in the fighting. The soldiers of WW1 were often named the “Lost Generation” because they were lost people, as many were subjected to the horrors of war and often got Shell Shock (PTSD) and become insane. The soldiers were the most affected by war and paid the ultimate price for what seemed to be the final conflict, the war to end all wars. "In Flanders Fields." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields. Accessed 5 Mar. 2018.
This is a picture of Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points. After the Germans surrendered, many nations wanted to see Germany completely wiped off the map. Wilson, although the US was not apart of much of the fighting, wanted to be able to treat Germany with the punishment they deserved. His points called for a limited German army, a payment, and the formation of the League of Nations, which Wilson ironically never joined (he died). This source also shows the hardships of postwar issues. The government has spent so much time propagandizing the war that afterwards they face issues in dealing with the nation. Wilson is one of the many leaders that knew how to deal with postwar issues, but not with his nation. These points explained the correct way to punish a defeated nation without crippling it to death. "Woodrow Wilson's announcement of the 14 Points." Mr Allsop History, https://www.mrallsophistory.com/revision/woodrow-wilsons-announcement-of-the-14-points-in-1918.html. Accessed 6 Mar. 2018.
This is an article about why bolshevism (communism) is bad for the US. This was to promote anti-sentimentalism towards communists, anarchists, and any other person with a different political viewpoint, titled “Reds.” The reason I chose this source is because bolshevism was not just reserved for the early 1900’s, this caused prejudice and even killings of bolshevists. This scare of communism has lasted throughout the 21st century and continues to this day. "The Red Scare in the 1920's." America in Class, The Washington Post, 28 Nov. 1918, americainclass.org/sources/becomingmodern/divisions/text8/colcommentaryrs.pdf. Accessed 1 Mar. 2018.