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The Stars and Stripes

Chronological Thinking: Interpreting and Creating Timelines

The Articles and Essays include a Timeline (1914-1921) of the "Great European War." The author of the timeline chose these events as events important in the history of the war. Choose an event on the timeline that occurred during the months The Stars and Stripes was published (February 1918-June 1919). Look for information about that event in issues of The Stars and Stripes that were published around the time of the event. Examples might be the battles at Cantigny (May 28, 1918); Chateau-Thierry (June 2, 1918); St. Mihiel (September 12, 1918); and the Meusse-Argonne (September 26, 1918). You may also want to do some additional reading on the event in other sources. Then consider the following questions:

  • How was the event covered in The Stars and Stripes?
  • What was the significance of the event?
  • Do you agree with the timeline's author that the event was one of the most important occurrences of the war? Why or why not?

Timelines are selective; innumerable events — both significant and mundane — occur at the same time as the events represented on any timeline. Using the same event you examined above, browse the issues of The Stars and Stripes around the time of the event. Create a timeline for a one-month period that features other events covered in the paper at that time. You may choose to focus on events in the war, day-to-day occurrences in the lives of soldiers, or events on the home front (in the United States), as covered in The Stars and Stripes.