American Life

By:Chase Fisher, Cedar Rapids Iowa

Exposing the Darkness

Muckraking, Journalists and Investigators would go into the ill, run down and horrible places around their city and would expose the light to the darkness. They would get photo evidence at night using a method to get a flash in the room so you could see what was hidden by the dark of the night. Photo evidence of illness, problems and they did this to make change and be a helping hand to improve and rebuild their community. They did it for the greater good for the people.

One of the problems solved by muckraking was indoor plumbing. Back in the day everything was outdoor plumbing, and with over thousands of people in one little area all going to the bathroom and what not outside all the feces and bacteria were getting into the air and passing around illnesses and diseases and it would spread through areas like a wild fire and everyone would get sick so we needed every house to have indoor plumbing to stop this, and with the power of muckraking we did it. Everyone started to use indoor plumbing and then the problem was solved. It also solved the meat scandal and under age working problems.


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Political cartoons, were always made about president Roosevelt and the way he ran the military and the way he ran the United States, and about him and Taft. He was a very good president and it was odd how he treated the elections to stay in for another term because back then they didn't have the rule that you could only run two terms for president so he could have kept running for president but he didn't he treated his final reelection very weird, but while he was president he ran a pretty confident ship literally. At one point Japan and the United States had a little beef and battles were in the talks but, Roosevelt decided send over 4 squadrons of our finest battleships to 20 ports including Japan just to basically warn them not to mess with us. So that is what the political cartoon below is about it is Roosevelt parading off with his 4 squadrons of battleships in one hand and a big stick in the other!

-Washington D.C.

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Word Twisting or Lying?

Yellow Journalism, word twisting, stretching the truth, and lying in the paper to make a juicier story! Journalists would not lie so much in the paper it was more adding false news over exaggerating on things but they are just trying to make the story more interesting so more and more people read about it and so that they get more publicity. The picture below is yellow journalism, in the picture of the blindfolded man facing the firing squad. This was an add in a WWI newspaper, it was about a enemy spy being captured and being executed. This photo was staged, the man who was blind folded set up the whole thing just for the paper and he also staged many other photos just like this one.


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Change your mind yet?

Propaganda, propaganda is using negative messages to change someones opinion on an idea, race, country, religion and it would be a negative message that mainly wasn't true but sometimes they were, but it was not normal for them to be true. during WWI propaganda was used a lot to persuade people and to change our way of viewing things, especially when it came down to who would fight against who and who you would be allied with and stand next to during your battles. Propaganda was basically to just send around hate and to promote your country and the war our men were fighting in. A big propaganda promotion in the united states during WWI was Uncle Sam and his famous quote "I Want You" Uncle Sam started in WWI and is still used a lot to this day for just about anything you can think of. Propaganda is just a way to get support and to change opinions on what you believe in.

-United States

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New weapon advancements in WWI

Throughout WWI everything was changing, weapons, vehicles, tactics, and new areas were being taken over. The face of war was being changed everyday, everything was becoming more and more advanced! Old rifles were being dominated by the machine guns that could pump out 100's of rounds a minute and the normal rifles couldn't compare. Another advancement in WWI was the tank, an armored vehicle that could shoot missiles and could cross deep into the enemy territories and could wipe out a whole bunker of troops in the blink of an eye. They weren't indestructible but they were pretty close, they were hard to destroy, only missiles, rocket launchers, and grenades could take down these machines of mass destruction. These were only two of the many advancements of WWI, there is still the flamethrower, poison gas, aircraft carriers, mounted planes and many other devices, weapons, technology and etc.

-United States

Oh babe

During the 1920's there was a man know as George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. He was one of the best baseball players of his time, he play 22 seasons of baseball from 1914 to 1935. He ended his career with a 94-46 W/L record. His personal batting stats were 714 home runs, 2,873 hits and 2,213 RBI! For the time period that he lived in that was outstanding, that was like no player they had ever seen before. In his 22 seasons he played for the Yankees, RedSox and the Braves. The Great Bambino was inducted into the hall of fame in 1936 with a ballot vote of 215/226 so a huge majority of people wanted him to be inducted into the hall of fame! George Herman Ruth Jr. was born February 6th, 1895 and died August 16th, 1948. Babe was a fa nominal player and to this day he is still viewed that way.

-Baltimore Maryland

Heavyweight Champ

Harrison William "Jack" Dempsey, Jack Dempsey went from hobo to heavyweight champion of the world to Hollywood Celebrity. He basically has your original rags to riches story. Jack Dempsey put up a total of 83 fights, 65 wins, 11 draws, 6 loses, and 1 no contests. Jack is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and is ranked at 7th Greatest Punchers. Jack Dempsey was an animal with the gloves on. Harrison William "Jack" Dempsey was born June 24th 1895 and passed away at the age of 87 on May 31st, 1983.

-United States

The States

Our first state is California, the capital is Sacramento, the population is 37,679,000 people and it is the 3rd largest state in the United States. California is a beautiful place with many historical and changing environment. Some historical things in California are the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, and Pier 39 that was taken over by sea lions! California is filed all different kind of people, places and many different sites to see all around the state.

Our Second state is a magical land where there is nothing much to do but what football and eat corn, this would indeed be Iowa! The capital of Iowa is Des Moines, the populations is 3,090,416 people including you and I. Iowa isn't all that bad it, we only get the coldest winters and the hottest summers. Corn is our number 1 cash crop next to soy beans, and pork. Its a nice seasonal place to live you get to see everything from a beautiful fall, a winter wonderland, a blooming spring and ice cream melting summers.

The fourth state on the list is New York. The capital of New York is Albany, the states population is 19,746,227 people, and it is the 27th largest state. New York is the land of dreams and opportunity, but it is also a land of make or break and nothing in this lifetime has ever been 100% guaranteed so sometimes you might give it all you got and it might never work out for you but that just means it wasn't meant to be. New York is a special place, after you over look the people, traffic and people again.

Our final state is New Mexico, the capital is Santa Fe, it was the 47th state to join the United States, and it populations is 2,085,287 residents. Residents of New Mexico are called New Mexicans. Every year New Mexico holds the largest international hot air balloon fiesta, and also New Mexico is a part of the 4 corners where you can lay and be in 4 different states at once! New Mexico is a wonderful place with beautiful land and great people.

-United States

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Classified Section:

Wanted/ Help wanted at Edison Labs, AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Wanted/ Men wanted for the draft, serve like a man.

For Sale/ First telephone, no need for slow letters no more!

For Sale/ Bubble Gum! Chew and blow bubbles for hours

Services/ Railroad services requested for pay *hard labor*

Services/ Women factory workers needed for hire.