Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Great War: April 18, 1917

On April 18, 1917, page four of the Hudson Evening Register contained a number of interesting things: the score and the lyrics for all four verses of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (although Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order in 1916 designated it as the national anthem for all military ceremonies, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was not formally designated as the national anthem by an act of Congress until 1931); an article urging people to treat "the foreign-born" with fairness; an article warning about speculators "who take advantage of the fact that the country is at war to raise the price of food, fuel, clothing or other necessities"; an item complaining about the excess and waste of dining in a hotel; and this item, urging readers to do their part and "stand patriotically by President Wilson and his administration."


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