• 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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  • And When It Does!

    Savage, J. A

    This political cartoon depicts the world dressed as a farmer, addressing a hen labeled "German Terrorism" sitting atop artillery labeled "DuPont Products." The world is saying "Pardon me, Madame, but…

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  • Anne Porterfield Rankin's Application for YMCA Service

    Rankin, Anne Porterfield, 1869-1942

    Anne Porterfield Rankin's application for a position as a canteen worker in the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) during World War I. The application is titled "Information Concerning Prospecti…

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  • Ready for Work at Box Factory

    Photograph of two women from the Old Hickory Powder Plant Box Factory dressed in their work uniforms, called "womanalls." One of the women is seated on a box, presumably made at the factory. In the ac…

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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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  • Two female Red Cross volunteers, another woman, and a man at a Red Cross booth during World War I

    Calvert, Ebenezer, 1850-1924, Calvert, Peter Ross, 1855-1931

    According to the volume, Davidson County Women in the World War, 1914-1919, this photograph depicts one of the first Red Cross booths erected in Davidson County. Volunteers at these booths solicited m…

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  • Anne Porterfield Rankin's Application for United States Passport

    Rankin, Anne Porterfield, 1869-1942

    Anne Porterfield Rankin's application for a United States passport for the work she planned to do in France as a canteen worker for the Young Men's Christian Association during World War I.

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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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  • Letter to John V. Wright from Frances O. Smith regarding the RMS Lusitania

    Smith, Frances O

    Letter dated May 9, 1915 to John V. Wright from his presumed neighbor and landlord, Frances O. Smith. This letter describes Smith's observations of the war in Europe, relief movements in the United St…

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  • Letter to Governor Tom C. Rye from Anne Dallas Dudley, Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association

    Dudley, Anne Dallas, 1876-1955

    Letter dated February 9, 1917 to Governor Tom C. Rye from Anne Dallas Dudley, President of the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association. Dudley offers the services of 25,000 Tennessee women to participate…

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  • How to "Reach" the Masses: Typical Speech #4

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

    Form speech written for use by the Four Minute Men Association. This speech attempts to refute arguments against the United States' involvement in World War I such as Germany's attitudes toward libert…

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  • Post War Problems in the Community, January 1919 by Rutledge Smith

    Smith, Rutledge, 1870-1962

    This essay by Rutledge Smith, National Council of Defense Federal Field Secretary for Tennessee, advises Tennesseans on how to maintain sense of community and patriotism after World War I. He presents…

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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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  • 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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