ERIC Number: ED401202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Propaganda, Censorship, and Civic Education in Rural Missouri Schools during World War I: The Benton County Experience.
Mitchell, William I.
This study describes the patriotic public rituals, the propaganda materials, and the censorship activities that were part of the school experience in Missouri during World War I. It also examines the apparent responses of two rural Benton County communities to those rituals, materials and activities. Benton County is a rural area of central Missouri about 100 miles southeast of Kansas City. The population was comprised of many German-speaking immigrants, who came to the area in the mid-1800s. Benton County had an ethnically heterogeneous population on the eve of World War I. The paper examines newspaper stories, civic agencies' efforts to inculcate patriotism in the schools, citizenship rallies and oaths, essay contests, and other community efforts to build support for the war effort. The study concludes that German-Americans suffered far less at the hands of the public schools than many current studies suggest, if the communities of Missouri under study are indicative of the experiences of similar German communities elsewhere. (Contains 87 footnotes.) (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri