By Kevin O'Keefe

This learn is an try to chronicle and examine the attitudes of the recent York press in reference to the occasions of the interval from 1914 to 1917 with regards to American neutrality. it really is established totally on an afternoon­ to-day examine of 16 day-by-day newspapers in manhattan urban in the time of American non-participation within the First international struggle. The examine concerned not just editorial opinion but additionally information goods, characteristic articles, letters to the editor, e-book studies and precise remark. The records of the foremost ny newspapers of the interval certainly constituted the elemental assets. as well as this, use used to be made up of the memoirs, diaries and personal papers of editors, publishers and different public figures; the Congressional list, 1914-1917; Congressional hearings and reviews, 1915, 1919, 1936 and 1937; yes British and German fabrics; books, articles and different secondary resources. the writer additionally drew upon the reminiscences of latest Yorkers lively in journalism through the period.

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57 Harold Lasswell, Propaganda Technique in the World War (New York, 1938), 15. 58 Cf. Walter Millis, The Road to War 1914-1917 (New York, 1935), 42-46; Horace C. Peterson, Propaganda for War: the Campaign Against American N eutrality (Norman, Oklahoma, 1939), 43-50; T ansill, America Goes to W ar,16-31. 5 9 Peterson, Propaganda for War, 49. eo Millis, Road to War, 42. THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS 25 communications. Supremacy in the Atlantic resulted in control by Great Britain of the vital trans-Atlantic cables.

LiS Th e New York Times, August 5, 1914. 114 The World, August 16, 1914. 115 Dial, LXIV (March 28, 1918), 305. 116 The World of Saturday, August 23, 1914 may serve as an example. On this typical day, selected at random, the distribution of matter was as follows: World War I 567'2 columns Advertising 35 Y2 Sports 77'2 " Editorials and letters to the editor 7 Religious notices 2 7'2 All other matters 19 THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS 35 it "the press-agents war" 117 in which the belligerent nations, particularly Britain and Germany, fought one another for newspaper space, and favorable commentary.

Far from being considered a symbol of Militarism us, the German Kaiser was viewed as a man of peace. The most striking illustration of this attitude was a magazine section of the New York Times of June 8, 1913, which was almost entirely devoted to the Kaiser on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his accession to the throne. The front page was dominated 61 62 63 C. H. Grattan, Why We Fought (New York, 1929), 41. , London, 1926), I, 380. The New York Times, August 7, 1914. " There followed page after page of tributes to the Kaiser by Theodore Roosevelt, William H.

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