• Our Ideals: Typical Speech #3

    Four Minute Men (Society), United States. Committee on Public Information

    Form speech written for use by the Four Minute Men Association. This speech asserts that the United States entered World War I to protect its ideal of liberty and for self-preservation against the Ger…

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  • Our Masked Foe: Typical Speech # 5

    Four Minute Men (Society), United States. Committee on Public Information

    Form speech written for use by the Four Minute Men Association. This speech seeks to warn Four Minute Men speakers of those who spread anti-war or pacifist propaganda for "un-American motives." It pre…

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  • Letter and platform proposal from the League to Enforce Peace

    League to Enforce Peace

    A letter and platform proposal from the League to Enforce Peace sent to Governor Rye. The proposal details the ways that the League wants to support the League of Nations. Specifically mentioned are w…

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  • A League of Nations campaign plan

    The League to Enforce Peace

    A small pamphlet that details the campaign plan for the League of Nations distributed by the League to Enforce Peace, which was headed by President William Howard Taft. This pamphlet gives instruction…

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  • A Proclamation by the President of the United States

    Wilson, Woodrow

    A proclamation from president Woodrow Wilson that states that Congress has enacted a law that subjects all male subjects between the ages of 21 and 30 to register for the military draft.

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  • League to Enforce Peace convention invitation to Governor Rye

    League to Enforce Peace

    An invitation given to Governor Rye from former president William Howard Taft. The invitation is for a convention that the League is hosting in order to "sustain the determination of our people to fig…

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  • Jewish war sufferers. Shall they plead in vain?

    Mayer, Louis, 1869-1969, American Jewish Join Distribution Committee

    This poster from World War I shows a Jewish woman and child sitting among the rubble of a community.

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  • Letter for Governor Rye from Henry Ford

    Ford, Henry

    A letter for Governor Rye from Henry Ford regarding the International Conference for Peace. In the letter, Ford asks Governor Rye to join him and other United States government officials to the confer…

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  • Telegram to Governor Tom C. Rye from John E. McMillan, Mayor of Knoxville

    McMillan, John E., 1868-1926

    Telegram dated April 3, 1917 to Governor Tom C. Rye from John E. McMillan, Mayor of Knoxville. The Knox County Boy Scouts of America County Division assembled and offered their volunteer services duri…

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  • "It's a long way to get the Kaiser" by Hettie Butler

    Butler, Hettie

    Patriotic song written by Hettie Butler of Martin, Tenn. during World War I and sent to Governor Tom C. Rye. This song celebrates the United States' military involvement in the conflict and emphasizes…

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  • Letter and manifesto sent to Governor Rye

    Harre, T.E

    A letter and following manifesto sent to Governor Rye from T.E. Harre. The letter mentions a manifesto for peace which is attached. The manifesto titled "Manifesto for Neutrality in the Interest of Pe…

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  • Letter to Governor Tom C. Rye from F. A. McKenzie, President of Fisk University

    McKenzie, Fayette Avery, 1872-1957

    Letter dated April 17, 1917 to Governor Tom C. Rye from Fayette Avery McKenzie, President of Fisk University and copy of telegram sent to President Woodrow Wilson also from McKenzie. These documents d…

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  • Champion Tube Rollers of the World

    Photograph and article describing the group of African American workers employed under Babcock and Wilcox Company, who assembled boilers by rolling tubes that attached steam drums to mud drums at the…

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  • "Get in the Game" by Berton Bellis

    Bellis, Burton

    Patriotic poem about rationing during World War I written by St. Louis poet Berton Bellis and sent to Governor Tom C. Rye. This work reflects the patriotic attitudes and spirit of self-sacrifice preva…

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  • Mexican Village Interesting Feature of Old Hickory

    Photograph and article describing the community of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Native American workers at a Tennessee munitions plant printed in the Old Hickory News, a newsletter for the Old Hickory P…

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  • Frances Holder Overall scrapbook

    Overall, Frances Holder

    A scrapbook kept by Frances Holder Overall covering the topics of women's suffrage, Tennessee politics, World War I, and World War II. It includes clippings, handwritten notes, and some memorabilia. T…

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  • Letter to Governor Tom C. Rye from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union No. 41

    United Brotherhood of Carpenters Joiners of America. Local Union No. 41

    Letter dated July 12, 1918 in which the Nashville chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners petitioned Governor Tom C. Rye to remove Theodore Hoepfner, a German-born American citizen,…

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