By John C. Hennen
" Hennen explores West Virginia's integration into America's company political financial system in the course of and after global warfare I. faraway from being remoted in the course of America's transformation right into a global energy, West Virginia was once squarely within the mainstream. The state's humans and typical assets served the most important capabilities as manufacturers and gas for the postwar financial system. Hennen examines a formative interval in West Virginia's sleek historical past that has been mostly missed past the normal concentration within the coal undefined. Hennen appears to be like at schooling, reform, and commercial relatives within the kingdom of the context of conflict mobilization, postwar instability, and nationwide monetary growth. the 1st international warfare, he argues, consolidated the dominant positions of execs, company humans, and political capitalists as arbiters of nationwide values. company leaders hired public relatives strategies that the Wilson management had sophisticated to realize public help for the conflict. Free-market enterprise rules grew to become synonymous with patriotic citizenship. Americanization, consequently, refers much less to the assimilation of immigrants into the mainstream than to the try and encode values that will warrantly a literate and constant generating classification.
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As outlined here, the First World War consolidated the dominant position of professionals, business people, and political capitalists as arbiters of national values, and served to catalyze the reorganization of American society in service to these values. American business, educational, and political leaders emerged from the war devoted to the application of scientific management to all arenas of American life. They pledged to efficiently arrange society to maximize social welfare and the nation's economic expansion.
The staff of the University Press of Kentucky made the editing and publication process more trouble-free than 1 could have imagined. My students at West Virginia University, Lindsey Wilson College, and the University of Kentucky have always renewed me when my spirits or energy have waned. I appreciate their unknowing contributions to this work and their consistently fresh, challenging, and humane perspectives on regional and American history. I could not have completed this project without the goodwill, friendship, and positive criticism of many colleagues.
29 The emotionalism of the war propaganda created and reinforced the image of a brutal enemy undeserving of mercy or respect and devoid of human sentiment. To such an enemy, retaliatory outrages were not inhumane but rather just. Our Own People, an employee magazine published by the Davis Coal and Coke Company, predicted in October 1918 that soon the Allies would force the kaiser and his "dogs" to "grovel in the dust," begging for mercy: But do they deserve mercy? 30 Page 14 Driven by these sentiments, America's role in the war took on the vestments of a holy crusade.
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