This TedTalk is a short video on the WW1 and everything that you need to know to understand the war. This video is a sped up version of a sketch of WW1 and is still detailed and easy to understand. It shows the war over in Europe before the U.S got involved and how it came to be for our involvement. I think this a very useful and an easy comprehensible way of understanding WW1. If you don't want to read or listen to a long and boring way of learning what happened during WW1 then I recommend watching this Ted Talk about how WW1 came to be.
This source talks about the story of WW1 through many different voices such as “Nurses, journalists, aviators, and the american troops who became known as ‘Doughboys’, for the more realistic look”. This source is separated in episodes and tells the story of WW1 through many different perspectives. As well as how this source talks about how we became involved in the war, as well as how Woodrow Wilson was the whole reason we were not making an impact. In my eyes this source is one of the most detailed and thought out threw many different ways. I have not seen all the episodes myself but I belief if you were interested in WW1 and how it came to be, you should watch this series and see how they describe and show WW1 from all different perspectives.
The song 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' was the most popular WW1 song, as it talked about the physical and emotional distance between the trenches and Home Front, as well as how the public felt the song was somewhat Haunting and was so realistic it acknowledged the actual suffering of the war. In my opinion I do see how many people could relate to this song. Many people wanted their family members in the war, back home and safe. What the song was mainly representing to me was hope and the future after WW1.
This article talks about the rare color photos of the French trenches of WW1, as well as in the article it talks about how black and white photos always seemed more genuine and real, but when the color photos came out towards WW2 Hitler talked about how “color photos are the future of photography”(Wallace). The color photos were still not as connected to as the black and white ones were, but theses photos are some of the rare photos taken of the French. As I look at these photos I think what it would be like to be there at that time and the nature of it. These photos show the realisticness and reality of the war.
Thousands of americans died away from the battlefield ,and from the spanish flu, during WW1. WW1 was not easy to explain, and was very confusing to many Americans and even still today on why the U.S. joined in on the war. The president during that time (Woodrow Wilson) believed that the U.S. “Is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured”(Kazin). The commitment to become allies with other countries was a big decision and not always for the best. I am still confused on why we joined the war as well. But I also believe it is because if we didn't there would be a different society than there is today. Only the people that were in the war or had family members in the war would truly know, or maybe not. I'm sure there was a valid reason for becoming allies and taking action against the enemies of that time.
The article Hot off the Presses: Newspapers during WW1 by Michaela Smith talks about Newspapers during WW1 and how “newspapers are a way for people to access, escape and later remember the events of the war”(Smith). During the WW1 era newspapers were the most reliable thing for up to date information. The only other way people got information was from newsreels and letters from family members in the army. In my opinion, I could completely understand the way people felt during the war. I could not imagine how different it would be getting information-that might not be fully true-and just putting your trust in that, compared to all the technology and advancements we have nowadays for us to get out information. I believe that the newspapers were more of a way to coping mechanism for some to relate to for their loved ones in the war.