By Kevin O'Keefe
This research is an try and chronicle and examine the attitudes of the recent York press in reference to the occasions of the interval from 1914 to 1917 in terms of American neutrality. it really is established totally on an afternoon to-day learn of 16 day-by-day newspapers in manhattan urban for the time of American non-participation within the First international conflict. The examine concerned not just editorial opinion but additionally information goods, function articles, letters to the editor, publication experiences and specified remark. The records of the key ny newspapers of the interval certainly constituted the elemental assets. as well as this, use was once made up of the memoirs, diaries and personal papers of editors, publishers and different public figures; the Congressional checklist, 1914-1917; Congressional hearings and studies, 1915, 1919, 1936 and 1937; convinced 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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127 Frank H. Simonds, for example, was an editorial writer for the Sun who later 12 6 The Herald alone perceived that "Gennan success ... depends upon a quick march to Paris ... " (August 14, 1914). 127 The discussion of New York journalists is based on Oliver Carlson, Brisbane: A Candid Biography (New York, 1937), 75-83; Editor and Publisher, XIV (July 11, 1914), 75; Gerald W. Johnson, An Honorable Titan (New York, 1946), 195-98, 22024; The New York Times, May 15, 1918; Jan. 24, 1936; Dec. 26, 1936; Feb.
New York American, July 28, 1914. The Globe and Commercial Advertiser, July 27, 1914. The Euening Post, August 5, 1914. THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS 33 uniformly short-sighted as far as the war's duration was concerned. All considered that modern technology would make for a quick, decisive victory for one side and consequently a short war. The longest estimate was that of the Tribune: "at the most," an eighteen-month war. 106 But when "the guns of August" heralded a long, difficult conflict, the New York editors settled down to Lord Kitchner's prospect of a war lasting at least three years.
This failure resulted in less severe judgments of Russian responsibility than might otherwise have been presented. Secondly, few commentaries indicated any understanding of the Schlieffen plan and its execution during August and early September. 126 Most editors were therefore struck by the contradiction of Germany publicly proclaiming a war of self-defense against so-called Pan-Slav ambitions while first attacking Belgium and France in the West. The greater part of the analysis and interpretation, however, was not superficial nor naive but surprisingly well-informed.
A Thousand Deadlines: The New York City Press and American Neutrality, 1914–17 by Kevin O'Keefe