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People complain about how loud the government bangs the drums of war these days, but it was a whole different story back under Wilson’s administration. 
America was strongly isolationist during the years building up to WWI - Wilson actually won his second term partially by running on the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War” - so once the administration decided to enter the conflict, they realized the nation needed major convincing. To help, the Wilson administration introduced the Four Minute Men.
The organization was pretty simple - respected members of communities across America volunteered to serve the Committee on Public Information. The Committee would then give them general topics and talking points, and these men would go to their various communities and give speeches around four minutes long, to inform and shift American public opinion on the war. 
A bit more direct than sending an administration worker to a news agency for interview, I think. 

People complain about how loud the government bangs the drums of war these days, but it was a whole different story back under Wilson’s administration. 

America was strongly isolationist during the years building up to WWI - Wilson actually won his second term partially by running on the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War” - so once the administration decided to enter the conflict, they realized the nation needed major convincing. To help, the Wilson administration introduced the Four Minute Men.

The organization was pretty simple - respected members of communities across America volunteered to serve the Committee on Public Information. The Committee would then give them general topics and talking points, and these men would go to their various communities and give speeches around four minutes long, to inform and shift American public opinion on the war. 

A bit more direct than sending an administration worker to a news agency for interview, I think. 

Filed under History American History US USA America Four Minute Men War War History Propaganda Public Opinion News Media World War One World War 1 World War I WW1 WWI World War Wilson Woodrow Wilson President President Wilson

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Abraham Lincoln is well known for his actions as President, but he was active in politics long before then.
In 1847, he protested President Polk’s handling of the Mexican-American from the House of Representatives. Before the war had been declared, Americans and Mexicans had clashed in contested territory north of the Rio Grande. Polk stated that blood had been spilled on American soil, and therefore, war was required. Lincoln issued the “Spot Resolutions”, demanding to know on what spot American blood was spilled to prove whose soil it had been spilled on. 
Sounds a bit petty, but due to the contested nature of the territory, this was a pretty legit question, and as Polk was using it as a main reason for war to grab that territory…well, you get the picture.
Pretty much no one cared at the time, besides Democrats who mocked him and fellow Whigs who told him to back off the issue. You see it a lot in the history books now that he’s one of our more revered presidents. 

Abraham Lincoln is well known for his actions as President, but he was active in politics long before then.

In 1847, he protested President Polk’s handling of the Mexican-American from the House of Representatives. Before the war had been declared, Americans and Mexicans had clashed in contested territory north of the Rio Grande. Polk stated that blood had been spilled on American soil, and therefore, war was required. Lincoln issued the “Spot Resolutions”, demanding to know on what spot American blood was spilled to prove whose soil it had been spilled on. 

Sounds a bit petty, but due to the contested nature of the territory, this was a pretty legit question, and as Polk was using it as a main reason for war to grab that territory…well, you get the picture.

Pretty much no one cared at the time, besides Democrats who mocked him and fellow Whigs who told him to back off the issue. You see it a lot in the history books now that he’s one of our more revered presidents. 

Filed under History American America USA united States Lincoln Abraham Abraham Lincoln Presidents President President Lincoln Mexican American War War Mexican Spot Spot Resolution Spotty Lincoln

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Soviet sniper, WW2.
Unlike basically every other country, the USSR allowed women to join their sniper ranks during the second world war. This was awesome because 1) integration is a good thing for the military and for society as a whole but also because 2) now we have all these great pictures of bad ass sniper women from WW2.

Soviet sniper, WW2.

Unlike basically every other country, the USSR allowed women to join their sniper ranks during the second world war. This was awesome because 1) integration is a good thing for the military and for society as a whole but also because 2) now we have all these great pictures of bad ass sniper women from WW2.

Filed under History Soviet WW2 WWII World War Two World War Female Women Woman Sniper Snipers Military Army War Black and white Feminism Equality Integration God damn so bad ass.

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German soldiers heading to the front in 1914. The cart reads, “Trip to Paris,” “See you later on the Boulevard,” and “Into battle, my saber tip is itching.” Of course, this is before everyone realized WW1 was going to be one of the most horrifying things to be involved in ever.
I haven’t posted in forever, and this will be rectified - I’m hoping on getting back to a steady posting schedule now that I’m done filling out applications. Good to be back on tumblr - the new photo posting interface is interesting.

German soldiers heading to the front in 1914. The cart reads, “Trip to Paris,” “See you later on the Boulevard,” and “Into battle, my saber tip is itching.” Of course, this is before everyone realized WW1 was going to be one of the most horrifying things to be involved in ever.

I haven’t posted in forever, and this will be rectified - I’m hoping on getting back to a steady posting schedule now that I’m done filling out applications. Good to be back on tumblr - the new photo posting interface is interesting.

Filed under History German War World World War One France Trains Soldiers

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"It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle… waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal… The revolutionary posters were everywhere…the loud-speakers were bellowing revolutionary songs all day and far into the night. And it was the aspect of the crowds that was the queerest thing of all. In outward appearance it was a town in which the wealthy classes had practically ceased to exist… All of this was queer and moving. There was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for.

~George Orwell (the tall one in the middle), Homage to Catalonia. Otherwise known as one of the best possible gifts for a history nerd ever.

"It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle… waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal… The revolutionary posters were everywhere…the loud-speakers were bellowing revolutionary songs all day and far into the night. And it was the aspect of the crowds that was the queerest thing of all. In outward appearance it was a town in which the wealthy classes had practically ceased to exist… All of this was queer and movingThere was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for.


~George Orwell (the tall one in the middle), Homage to Catalonia. Otherwise known as one of the best possible gifts for a history nerd ever.

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History in the making.
A mortar shot from Syria landed in Akcakale, a Turkish border town, today. It killed five people.
Turkey immediately responded by shelling Syria.
NATO has pledged to protect Turkey.
Luckily, Turkey has stated that it’s not planning on invading…but holy shit. Things are heating up quick. 
Hold on to your hats, people.

History in the making.

A mortar shot from Syria landed in Akcakale, a Turkish border town, today. It killed five people.

Turkey immediately responded by shelling Syria.

NATO has pledged to protect Turkey.

Luckily, Turkey has stated that it’s not planning on invading…but holy shit. Things are heating up quick. 

Hold on to your hats, people.

Filed under Politics Turkey Syria Syrian Turkish Civil War War History NATO