A Century Since the Great War

Who here remembers the Great War or what we now call WWI?


If you are like me, and don’t know much or if you are a WWI history buff you may be interested in learning more.  There are a lot of great books that can be found on the subject and here are a few.  
Wireless Technology
By the outbreak of World War I, wireless technology had been in existence for several decades. In the late 19th century, technology pioneers Alexander Graham Bell and Guglielmo Marconi were instrumental in the invention of devices that could transmit sound wirelessly. Radio, which was deemed “wireless technology”
The Women Behind the Suffragist Movement
Looking back a century ago the treatment of the females during the suffragist movement was inconceivable.  There were numerous atrocities the suffragists succumbed for years to be given the freedom to vote.  Countless picketers were jailed and force fed; their signs and banners were confiscated and destroyed; and they were often beaten and mistreated by policemen.
Women’s Right to Vote
Emmeline Pankhurst, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Jeannette Rankin were just few of the women who led the Suffragist movement.  The leaders of the Suffragists used World War I to their advantage to argue their cause.  
July 20, 1917 – First Draft Numbers Drawn
On July 20, 1917, Secretary of War Newton D. Baker drew the first number in the draft. This selection officially started the notification of millions of men that they would go to war. By the end of the war, over 2.8 million men had been drafted.
WWI Poetry
Poets have long used their poignant words to laud, memorialize, describe, and decry war. WWI poets were no different; it was the war itself which was different, with a record around 10 million soldiers dead. This was the War to End All Wars, a rather poetic statement in and of itself, albeit one proved untrue.
From Adversity Comes Art
Some lasting artwork came from victims of shellshock undergoing occupational therapy treatment. The famous wartime poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon wrote for the Hydra, the inpatient magazine at the Craiglockhart War Hospital, while suffering from shellshock. The practice of encouraging sufferers of PTSD to create things continues in the form of art…
You can find these books and more at rememberww1.com

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1872 - 1918
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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