Good morning all.
Some reflections on the document analysis:
-Provide a symbolic reading, and translate this into historic understanding. While Germany did not invade America, the trampling on the word ‘America’ is symbolic of the threat posed by German militarism.
-Stay dispassionate and analytical: there should be no “our”, “my”, “I”. Historians, that is you and I, are not the audience.
-Use the specific evidence present in the document to launch into specific historical considerations. This poster, calling upon American men to enlist in the US Army, is representative in its fear mongering tone of other propaganda of World War I that seeks to dehumanise the enemy.
Reflections on the Short Essay:
-Many of you are only providing an overview. Symptoms include vague language, lack of evidence, superficial use of terminology.
-Use evidence properly. Analyse it, interpret it, understand it. Show how it supports your wider contention
-Define terminology, then move on.
-Always link to the topic
For fun: If you are so inclinded, here is a WWI trench warfare flash game