FC: American Home Front Scrapbook Project | Amanda Goodenow & Alyse Gillentine
1: Amanda and Alyse, I miss you both so dearly. My heart aches to see your loving smiles and hear your contagious laughter. Tell your mother that I love and miss her as well. Being a solider is anything but easy. We often use the trench warfare to fight our battles. Some new weapons that we use include grenades, firearms, mustard gas, airplanes, and tanks. If this is the last letter you are to receive from me, I want you to understand that I have laid down my life not only for you, but for my country. Love you to the moon and back, Papa
2: Papa before going to war
3: Momma before she got sick
5: During 1918, the Flu Epidemic began it's deathly course. Rumors say it was first started by a large pile of manure being burned in Kansas, though this quickly died off. Or so everyone thought. When Kansas soldiers are transfered from war camp to war camp in WW1, they simply have to cough to spread the influenza, while others simply have to breath to contract it. Its spreading from Boston, to New York, Philadelphia, and beyond. Symptoms include a headache, high fever, and coughing up blood. Hospitals are running out of room, and there aren't many doctors to assist because they are off helping the wounded soldiers. We knew as soon as Momma showed these symptoms, that she was in trouble. Things are certainly going to change..
6: R.I.P We Love You Dearly And You'll Never Be Forgotten
7: Amanda and Alyse, This isn't the way I planned to go. This wasn't the way I wanted my life to end. But God has a reason for everything. And if his reasoning includes me passing on, then I must go along with it. Your papa and I love you both so much, and have tried our hardest to provide you with the necessities of a good life. Please keep me in your memories everyday and try to remember me as the loving, carefree mother instead of me now. I know both of you will grow up to be successful in everything you do. I only wish I could be around to see it. Love, Momma
8: Ever since Momma died, Amanda and I have decided to organize clubs to help out the boys fighting for our country. We've become very active women working as nurses for the Red Cross Association. Some daily tasks include rolling bandages, knitting socks, and working at military hospitals by taking care of wounded and sick soldiers. Occasionally we have to drive ambulances across battlefields. We are encouraged to help with the recruitment of men by "ignoring" men who have not yet joined the war. Some women have decide to work in factories producing ammunition, military products, and household goods. Amanda and I and the majority of women in the U.S. are working not only to support the war but also for our own independence. Due to the display of independence and strength, we are starting to gain more respect. Women's suffrage is in sight!
10: Alyse and I have been noticing a lot of blacks walking along our streets and working in our factories. We've been talking about it, and the news is saying it's called the Great Migration. They're coming from the south to the north to escape racism and segregation. But because factory managers need workers, they're mainly here for the jobs. Lately, though, there has been a lot of race riots breaking out.. What will the future hold for us and our African American friends?
11: African American Family | The Great Migration!
12: We Can Do It!
13: All through the streets we have been noticing a very wide amount of propaganda being displayed, asking people to join and support the army. Its one of America's main motivations to keep progressing and keep us strong during the war on the home front. The Selective Service Act is requiring men to register with the government in order to be randomly selected for the military. About 10 million men already have been registered.
14: Personal Sacrifices: - Knitting socks for the soldiers - Using less food on certain days - Sending supplies for our fighters - Planting a victory garden
15: Food Administration Weekly Schedule: Meatless Mondays Wheatless Wednesdays Porkless Thursdays Sugarless Saturdays
19: Anti-German feelings in our town have grown immensely in the last couple of weeks. Our town school has even decided to stop teaching the German language. California, our home state, has even gone to state that the language consists of "autocracy, brutality, and hatred" toward Americans. Sauerkraut has soon became known as "liberty cabbage", and saloonkeepers have even gone to the extreme of removing pretzels from the bar. A German family down the street from us was recently badgered and beaten by the locals. Alyse and I don't know what to make of this..
20: Thanks to the creation of the Federal Reserve, it has made it possible to pay for the war costs! We have even purchased a few Liberty Loan Bonds. These simply work like this: the American people purchase these bonds, giving direct money to the government now to spend on the war, and in the end, the people receive interest after the war has ended. What better way to support the war and earn a little money while your at it? | Factory work can be quite laboring at times. Since there aren't any men to work the factory positions, it has fallen onto the shoulders of the women and African Americans. It is most certainly more physically demanding than we are used to. But the War Industry Board is overseeing the shift from everyday goods to war time goods, and they are taking things at a comfortable pace.
22: Woodrow Wilson
23: Woodrow Wilson made it no secret that it wasn't just U.S. soldiers that have to stay 100% focused on the war, but every and all Americans had to play a role in the victory. A lot of lawmakers were scared that allowing opposed feelings about the war would interfere with the war efforts. As a result of these laws being passed, it has put a strain on our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. These laws are called the Espionage and Sedition Acts. | Poster supporting the new laws