Summary and Reflection : I really was intrigued in what the women of this time period were doing and I found this poem, War Girls. It touches on the responsibilities of women during this time as well as the roles they took on. This poem was really interesting to me since we don’t learn much about what was happening outside the war. It was neat to kind of imagine what life was for women and imagine myself in their position in a way. Citation : Pope, Jessie. “War Girls by Jessie Pope.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57296/war-girls.
Summary and Reflection : This is a big gallery of 52 paintings. It has different, popular genres for the time period. I found these all captivating but I think my favorite was Acetylene Welding by CRW. Art is simply another way to express your emotions, and in a lot of ways these types of sources are more meaningful to understanding the war. It gives you an insiders look, since these paintings were channeled from people who live through the war. Articles are written by people who most likely were not in this war, so they base their articles and opinions off of the facts they know/were given. Citation : “The Art of World War One in 52 Paintings.” Made From History, 25 June 2015, madefrom.com/history/world-war-one/painting/.
Citation : “The legacy of the First World War.” History Extra, 19 Jan. 2018, www.historyextra.com/period/first-world-war/the-legacy-of-the-first-world-war/.
Summary and Reflection : These photos are absolutely breathtaking. They give you an inside perspective on what was happening not only in the war, but around the world during this time. It really opens up your eyes to see other countries views and experiences in the war. To me I find it a lot more interesting to see a photo essay rather than read an article on WW1. It offers a lot more imagination in the sense that you can put yourself in the shoes of those who experienced the war first hand. It also offers a broader perspective instead of just focusing on America's views or experiences, which I hadn’t really ever thought of. Citation : “World War I in Photos.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, www.theatlantic.com/projects/world-war-i-in-photos/.
Summary and Reflection : This article was based on the question “Should America Have Entered WW1”. It was filled will facts about the war, that were ultimately not in favor of America joining the war. It stated how and when we joined, yet also incorporated opinions, and at one point called Wilson’s views audacious. This article was really informative but once again seemed to be lacking engaging qualities such as graphics, images, or infographics. The comment section was also really really informative and incredibly interesting. Citation : Kazin, Michael. “Should America Have Entered World War I?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 6 Apr. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/opinion/should-america-have-entered-world-war-i.html.
Summary and Reflection : This is an article that touches on not only WW1, but the things happening around this time as well. The Spanish Flu was spreading around the world, which happened to be the deadliest pandemic since the Black Death. The 19th amendment was coming into action as well, so women were gaining voting rights. Lastly, Wilson’s 14 Points were also explored a bit throughout this article. Overall, this article is jam packed with great cold hard facts about what was happening outside of the war. This being said, I wish they would have given some more fact based information on WW1. The article was also not that engaging and I wish they would have included some more images, or an infographic on the deaths at this time and separated into which deaths were caused by the war and which ones were from the Spanish Flu. Citation : Astor, Maggie. “1918 Brought an Armistice, but Also a World of Death.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 30 Jan. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/world/europe/1918-flu-war-centennial.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FWorld War I %281914-18%29&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection.