Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Today -100: June 15, 1916: Do what we wish in the interest of foreign sentiment or we will wreak our vengeance


Lloyd George is offered the late Lord Kitchener’s job as Secretary of War, but asks for a few days to think it over.

Women suffragists line the roads leading to the St. Louis Coliseum in silent reminder to the delegates to the Democratic Convention that, hey, there are women in this country too.

The Democrats choose a campaign slogan for 1916: America First.

In a not-so-veiled allusion to German-American support for Hughes, Woodrow Wilson says, in a Flag Day speech at the Washington Monument, “There is disloyalty active in the United States and it must be absolutely crushed.” He accuses these unnamed people of “a species of political blackmail, saying ‘Do what we wish in the interest of foreign sentiment or we will wreak our vengeance at the polls.’”


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