by Edward Dorgan
Lewis S. Mills High School, Burlington
What impact did the women of Connecticut have on the Great War (WWI)?
- What is the message of the “Every American Woman” advertisement?
- Who is being targeted?
- What emotional reactions does the writer seem to be looking for from readers?
- Why do you think this broadside was published in the Bridgeport Times & Evening Farmer?
Things you will need to teach this lesson.
Advertisement from the U.S. Employment Bureau published in The Bridgeport Times and Evening Farmer newspaper on September 20, 1918, page 12, that offers arguments for why American women should work in armament factories during the Great War (WWI).
- Students will analyze the U.S. Employment Bureau’s advertisement, “Every American Woman,” and answer the supporting questions.
- Students will annotate the words and images in the primary source, including those linked to patriotism and making connections to earlier historical events (previously studied).
- Students will create their own advertisement/poster to recruit residents of Connecticut to assist in the effort to help win the Great War (WWI).
- Students will design a WWI monument that recognizes the war efforts of Connecticut residents on the home front.
- Extended Learning: Students will research other primary-source materials (see below for suggestions and links) and write an editorial for the Hartford Courant arguing the importance of the role Connecticut women played in the Great War (WWI).