Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Today -100: July 11, 1917: We must fight and conquer


The IWW denies that it’s under German influence or that it’s planning a revolution.

What it is doing is spearheading a series of strikes in copper mines in Arizona. In Jerome, vigilantes round up 67 IWW activists and put them in cattle cars headed for California.

Jeanette Rankin introduces a bill for a $5 million fund to support the wives and children of soldiers, which you’d really have thought someone would have done before now.

German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg rejects the idea, now supported by the (Catholic) Zentrum party as well as the Socialists, of peace without annexations. “We must fight and conquer,” the chancellor says. He attacks Zentrum party leader Matthias Erzberger as unpatriotic (the people who will assassinate Erzberger in 1921 shared that sentiment). But he still refuses to name his peace terms.

Theodore Roosevelt’s son Kermit joins the British army, resigning from the US army, where he was in officers’ training, to do so. He’ll be going to Mesopotamia.

Brazil discovers that Germany has a secret submarine base on its territory. Or has it?


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