By Kevin O'Keefe
This learn 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 relation to American neutrality. it truly is dependent totally on an afternoon to-day examine of 16 day-by-day newspapers in long island urban in the course of American non-participation within the First global warfare. The examine concerned not just editorial opinion but in addition information goods, characteristic articles, letters to the editor, ebook experiences and precise observation. The documents of the foremost big apple newspapers of the interval certainly constituted the elemental assets. as well as this, use was once made from the memoirs, diaries and personal papers of editors, publishers and different public figures; the Congressional list, 1914-1917; Congressional hearings and experiences, 1915, 1919, 1936 and 1937; definite British and German fabrics; books, articles and different secondary resources. the writer additionally drew upon the memories of recent Yorkers energetic in journalism in the course of the period.
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Taft, Andrew Carnegie, Sir Gilbert Parker, Nicholas M. Butler and other eminent contemporaries all of whom credited the German ruler with tireless devotion to the preservation of peace. " 65 During the spring and early summer of 1914, there is no evidence that the press altered its attitude toward the Kaiser nor can one detect any hostility to Imperial Germany or distaste for things German. 66 The most bellicose German activity that was reported in the press during that period was the Kaiser's attendance at a military feast on June 1 during which William drank May wine from a soldier's cup.
In this regard several editors took heart from the fact that most of these principles had been laid down by British as well as American courts 32 and had been adhered to by British as well as American statesmen.
18 Despite this pessimism the main emphasis was clearly on the positive aspects of America's position as the leading neutral trader. " 19 In envisioning these "oceans of wealth," the New York press tended to ignore the sea of problems that would possibly, if not probably, confront a trading neutral. Considering the previously noted background in world affairs of New York editors, it is surprising that so few papers contemplated the possibility of endless controversies over the rights of trade.
A Thousand Deadlines: The New York City Press and American Neutrality, 1914–17 by Kevin O'Keefe