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Misguided

In this excerpt from Huey Long by T. Harry Williams, ©1969, Huey Long explains why he did not fight in the First World War: “I did not go into that war,” he proclaimed in the Senate. “I was within the draft age. I could have gone, except for my dependents. I did not go because …

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Just Like Buddy and Waylon

In her autobiography On Reflection, actress Helen Hayes recounts an incident from her childhood between theater producer Charles Frohman and actor John Drew Jr.: I saw Mr. Drew angry with Mr. Frohman only once, from a great distance and with good reason. The producer cabled that he was returning from a European business trip. “Stay …

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1919

  One of the books I’m reading currently is America’s Part in the World War by Richard J. Beamish, ©1919.  Here’s a brief excerpt: How the flower of America’s youth, answering the call to battle, sprang to the support of the colors; how America’s army of democracy was raised almost overnight, trained in an incredibly …

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“I felt a beast.”

I’m currently reading War Diaries:  A Chaplain at Gallipoli edited by Gavin Roynon ©2011.  It’s the journal and letters of Kenneth Best, written during the disastrous campaign against Turkey in World War One. In his journal, he describes scenes far more gruesome and terrible than the one below- but I bet this was the one …

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1916

The battle of Verdun ended today in 1916.  It’s hard to imagine the scale of the suffering- over 300,000 men died in this battle, in a war nobody even thinks about anymore. Motörhead, of all people, have an extremely touching song about World War I.  I hope you’ll give it a listen: Full lyrics HERE.

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