By Kevin O'Keefe
This research is an try to chronicle and examine the attitudes of the hot York press in reference to the occasions of the interval from 1914 to 1917 with regards to American neutrality. it truly is established totally on an afternoon to-day examine of 16 day-by-day newspapers in big apple urban for the duration of American non-participation within the First global conflict. The learn concerned not just editorial opinion but in addition information goods, function articles, letters to the editor, booklet experiences and targeted statement. The records of the key big apple newspapers of the interval certainly constituted the elemental assets. as well as this, use used to be made from the memoirs, diaries and personal papers of editors, publishers and different public figures; the Congressional list, 1914-1917; Congressional hearings and reviews, 1915, 1919, 1936 and 1937; definite British and German fabrics; books, articles and different secondary assets. the writer additionally drew upon the reminiscences of recent Yorkers lively in journalism throughout the period.
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87 Yet, the press attitude toward the atrocity stories had some influence on British policy. The American Press Resume, a confidential bulletin prepared weekly by the British propaganda agency for use by the Cabinet, noted the hostility of the press and consequently this form of propaganda was soon soft-pedaled. But whatever the New York press thought about alleged German misdeeds, or no matter how strongly editors felt about German war guilt, there was no moment of doubt as to the official policy of the United States.
51 A third observation during these early days was the idea that the German leadership was censurable, but not the people of Germany. In this regard, severe judgments on Kaiser Wilhelm personally were given. " 52 This distinction, which President Woodrow Wilson was later to make between the people of Germany and the iniquitous German rulers, became increasingly prominent in the pages of the press. Opposition to autocracy, in general - the fourth perception worthy of note - followed somewhat naturally from this specific resentment of the Imperial German ruler.
Granted, at the very start of the war, certain papers - and these were in the minority even at this time - made certain naive expressions of complete American immunity. " 103 The majority of the press, however, did not share such illusions. Early in the war and in some cases even before the general war broke out, New York journalists gave broad hints at the possibility of United States involvement. " 104 And the Post, describing the reluctant entry of Great Britain into the fray, mused on "the grim irony of history .