Beyond the bleak and dismal shore: The wartime and postwar experiences of American four minute men, 1917-1927

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The Four Minute Men, a group of volunteer speakers on wartime topics, exerted a tremendous influence on domestic mobilization in the USA from 1917 to 1918. The article assesses the experience of Four Minute Men, especially in postwar recollections. In particular, I argue that historians have misunderstood the authorship and significance of the 1927 article Memoirs of a Four Minute Man. This article misrepresents the writer's own experiences and overstates the sense of disillusionment experienced by wartime speakers in the 1920s and 1930s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-318
Number of pages14
JournalFirst World War Studies
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2014

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