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World War I Committee on Public Information: Four Minute Men of Bates County

By Peggy Buhr

Note: On August 28, 2019, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 122nd annual gathering of the Old Settlers Society and this article is the program I presented. It’s a story about a little known grass roots organization that created a zenith of patriotism during World War I. Enjoy!

America’s involvement in World War I marked a beginning to her becoming a world power. President Woodrow Wilson had tried to remain neutral but circumstances eventually led the nation into war … war on the oceans and war on the soil of another continent… war on a scale that was unprecedented.

A mere 50 years had passed since the War Between the States and families still remembered… families remembered the high cost of war. Although politicians saw America as a world power, the average American citizen had no desire to engage in another war, particularly one so very far away that seemed to have no direct impact on daily life.

 

 

 

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