A Thousand Deadlines: The New York City Press and American by Kevin O'Keefe

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 dependent totally on an afternoon­ to-day examine of 16 day-by-day newspapers in ny urban throughout American non-participation within the First international warfare. The study concerned not just editorial opinion but in addition information goods, function articles, letters to the editor, booklet studies and designated observation. The documents of the main manhattan newspapers of the interval clearly constituted the fundamental resources. 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 list, 1914-1917; Congressional hearings and stories, 1915, 1919, 1936 and 1937; convinced British and German fabrics; books, articles and different secondary assets. the writer additionally drew upon the memories of recent Yorkers energetic in journalism through the interval.

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The Sun, August 6, 1914. 1os The World, August 10, 1914. 109 The Evening Post, August 26, 1914. uo The World, August 5, 1914. , September 22, 1914. 112 Colonel House and the British Foreign Secretary suggested a peace conference to 106 101 34 THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS Such eagerness to see the United States serve as mediator reflected New York's intense interest in the struggle that was raging. The outbreak of war aroused popular excitement in New York to a spectacularly high degree. The Times reported on August 5 that during the previous night greater crowds than ever before in history congregated at Times Square and Herald Square to read the war bulletins.

23 The Evening Mail, November 24, 1914. THE PRESS AND THE PERILS OF NEUTRALITY 45 Editorial comment for the most part consisted in attempts to analyze the intricacies of international law in reference to the problem of neutral commerce in wartime. 26 At the same time the press articulated general attitudes on international law. 30 But no matter how far back the trading neutral was flung by the press, the situation in 1914 seemed 24 For perceptive editorials on this subject, see The Evening Post, October 22, 1914; The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 6, 1914; The Globe and Commercial Advertiser, September 5, 29, 1914; New York Press, December 30, 1914; January 12, 1915; The World, October 2, November 25, December 31, 1914; The journal of Commerce, September 29, November 12, 27, December 31, 1914; January 7, 1915; New York Tribune, October 2, December 30, 1914, January 11, 25, 1915; The Evening Mail, November 2, 1914; The New York Herald, December 30, 1914; The Sun, September 19, 1914.

Arthur Brisbane, the editor of the ] ournal had an earlier European background, having been raised in Germany and France and having attended schools in lvry, Asnieres, Paris and Stuttgart. Simeon Stunsky, who wrote most of the Post's editorials on foreign affairs had an encyclopedic knowledge of European and international politics and that paper's editor, Rollo Ogden, spoke most of the major European languages and between 1905 and 1914 made several trips to Europe. Another editor who travelled between New York and European capitals, Colonel William Hester of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, had only just returned on July 4, 1914, after several months abroad.

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