War Propaganda and the United States

By Harold Lavine; James Wechsler | Go to book overview
Save to active project



SATURDAY, September 2, 1939, was the last day of Europe's peace and the beginning of America's Labor Day week end. Britain and France, cabled Frederick T. Birchall from London, "are on the threshold of war." But they had been there before, drawing back at the last moment; would this time be different? While the hours dragged listlessly by in newspaper offices awaiting word that war was official, the wires transcribed the pattern of a normal holiday Saturday in the United States. Mingled with bulletins from abroad was the news that Frank Fuller, sportsman pilot, had broken his own record in the Bendix trophy race; President Roosevelt had issued a Labor Day message, citing the "blessings of peace, a cohesive unity and a substantial measure of prosperity"; at Newport, reported the New York Times, "a festive holiday week end replete with a round of parties and special sport events is under way," while Saratoga watched "the gay closing of the racing season"; on Broadway stagehands and actors were locked in a struggle that threatened to darken Broadway's theaters, but 40,031 fans jammed the Polo Grounds to see the Giants and Dodgers divide a doubleheader. Although the afternoon papers reported the death of twenty-one Poles in a Nazi raid on Warsaw, the war in Poland was still a "local" one, reminiscent of so many others in the intermission since Versailles; it was like reading that forty Americans had lost their lives in traffic accidents on crowded highways. On the news-ticker the day in America seemed indistinct from its predecessors. But it was different. Emotionally, Sep


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
War Propaganda and the United States


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 363

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?