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Livvy Dickson- Editor-in-Chief

Digging Deeper Into the Underground Deathtraps

Unemployment rates were so high, businesses could hire workers for low wages to work in horrible conditions. Miners could not protest against their bosses. The rebellious workers would easily be fired and replaced by someone else needing a job. The conditions miners were forced to work in were damp, dark, and crowded. Often times, injuries occurred due to cave-ins, explosions, carts derailing, and other work related issues.


Children would go in to work to help support their families. They would crawl through narrow spaces which the older men could not clamber through. Young children were also lowered into deep, narrow wells to retrieve minerals. As they walked behind men who carried buckets or pushed carts full of ore, coal, and other minerals, their tasks were to pick up the natural resources that had fallen out of the buckets and place them back in their carriers. Having to do these tasks for such long hours caused the children to develop hunched backs.


Miners, both young and old, would emerge from the mines with black lung. They would be forced to leave once they began to cough black soot out of their lungs and into the air. The owners had no problems with the men and young boys developing black lung and leaving. They would replace them easily. Many of these men never made it past their fifties due to the infection that had developed in their lungs, and injuries that happened during the job. Working in these conditions was worthless for such a low wage. Mining was a job that paid, and many were willing to do anything for money due to the high percentage of unemployed citizens.

Power to the Women

Women have eagerly fought for the right to vote and now they have won their chance! They've worked deliberately to raise the women in society. Slowly but surely, they're showing the men of society that women can do just as much as men can. They pounded the thought of women's right to vote relentlessly until society learned they would not give up without a fight. Women have always had power, they've never had the chance to show it.


Women hate to be discarded as some sort of rag doll or a cigarette butt. They're powerful with the burning flame that will soon spread and will ignite the lights of other's candles. Their courage, strength, hope, endurance, and dedication is sure to pass among those who only see women as weak and property to their husbands. Those who wish to see women fail in life are guaranteed disappointment once they get a kick out of what the women can do.

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Great White Fleet Expedition Around the Globe

Theodore Roosevelt has establish the Great White Fleet, consisting of 16 battle ships, to circulate the globe. The ships are a symbol of our power, strength, and purity. The Expedition will be a way for the world to ackowledge our power. Any who dare to challenge us will be beaten and our powers will expand to the foreign lands. Distant lands have fallen into competition with one another to create military weapons. Once they see our fleet, they will run to their homes and give up fighting! America is powerful and we will win with our military powers!
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Help from Home

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You can help America win the war back at home. The United States of America needs every penny you can spare! Help the military purchase weaponry, medical, comfort, and nutritional goods. By donating money, purchasing liberty bonds, growing your own victory gardens, participating in "meatless Mondays" and "heatless Mondays", you help America save and gain money to put to good use.
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Start your day with a sweet, healthy, flaky bowl of Kellogg's Original Corn Flakes for only 25 cents!

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Hiring: Supervisors over the "spinners" to make sure they do the job properly and receive help for 10 cents.

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Lighting and plumbing is now being installed within tenements for $5.

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Women, join the assembly line of building firearms for 28 cents a day to help supply our combating men.

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Young men, enlist into the military to protect America and its freedom from the zealous Germans.

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For 5 cents, wind down after a hard day with a crisp, clean glass of Coca-Cola.

So Long, Lusitania

On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania, a 32,000 ton ship carrying 1,900 passengers aboard, was torpedoed by German U-boats. The ship that was believed to be too fast for any torpedo to hit them began to sink into the cold Atlantic waters. Out of nearly 1,100 passengers that perished, 120 of them were Americans. Congress was outraged that the Germans had torpedoed a passenger ship.


There's a secret behind the sinking of the Lusitania. The Germans had agreed to not torpedo any passenger ships. The Lusitania, however, was not a passenger ship. In fact, 173 tons of war munitions for Britain was found on board. If the munitions had not been placed, so many lives wouldn't have been lost. Though it is a tragedy, the Germans were only doing what they had agreed to. They did not sink a passenger ship, but a war ship.

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Banjo Lesson

Henry O. Tanner, the artist of Banjo Lesson, became interested in art in his early teen years. His father, a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church disagreed with Henry's interests. He hoped Henry would derail from his visions and take hold of the ministry of the church. This did not happen however. He when to the Philadelphia School of Fine Arts at age 21 to learn and strengthen his talents. His teacher suggested that he paint daily activities of life and use them for inspiration. Henry took his word and that's what he did.


Banjo Lesson shows the tradition of the youth learning from their elders. The image of the two Africans has no negativity towards them and helped give whites an insightful view of the life of African Americans. They're curious, leaders, guardians, teachers, and family. A young boy taking up an interest of his elders is natural. In response, the elders will teach the youth and pass tradition and skill on through the generations.

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Louise Brooks: Shining Short on Broadway

Louise Brooks is known as the ideal "flapper girl". Her favorite hobbies consisted of drinking and having sex. She was sexually assaulted twice in her childhood and knew how to determine love from sex. She left home to study at the Denishawn School of Dance. Her dancing and love of performing helped her become a star on Broadway. She can do the Charleston like it's nobody's business! Louise wasn't so successful since she would never accept any help from a man who could make her more successful in her art of performing, Louise wasn't a star for long. Her love for sex drive was much stronger than her love for performing and eventually led her to a poor career.
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West Virginia (Gilded Age)

Mail Pouch Tobacco has begun the new fad in the advertisinf industry; outdoor advertising. Outdoor advertising has taken an uprising in West Virginia. Driving down the roads of the beautiful state, one is guaranteed to see a barn or two with the words "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco Treat Yourself to the Best" painted on a side. The easiest way to draw attention to a product is by putting it out in the open for all eyes to see. A farmer is guaranteed to be paid a golden amount, summing up to $1-$2 dollars a year! The company allows farmers to paint their barns any color they wish with the ad visible to passersby traveling along a close road. Mail Pouch Tobacco seems to have some tough competition with Beech Nut and other tobacco producers. There's no doubt Mail Pouch Tobacco will succeed over its competitors. Mail Pouch Tobacco gives West Virginia pride from the numerous painted outdoor ads.
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Delaware (Progressivism and Imperialism)

The construction of a canal that Congress had sought to build through Nicaragua has now been scheduled to be built across Panama. The canal will be known as the Panama Canal. Ships will shorten the 8000 mile journey around the tip of South America by cutting through the 48 mile long canal. The lowest toll is only 36¢. A journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific will only take a day to make.


Cutting through the land will be difficult and tiresome. The managers of the construction have purchased pounds of DuPont dynamite to help construct the Panama Canal. Construction of the canal will quicker and much more easier. Once the land is blown away, concrete will be used to build the walls of the canal. Locks will serve as doors that can rise a ship 85 feet above sea level and will gradually decrease the height as it gets closer exiting the canal. Without the help of DuPont dynamite, this construction would have taken years to establish and open for ships to pass through.

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Oregon (WWI)

Crater Lake sits in a dormant volcano this is 6 miles in diameter. The area of the lake is about 183,224 acres and 286 square miles. The lake sits 2000 feet above sea level. The deep, clear blue lake has no streams, rivers, or lakes that surround this massive bowl of water. The only way for water to get in and out of the lake is by rainfall, melted snow flowing down the rigged cliffs' edges that border the lake, and evaporation. The depth of the lake depends on the climate of the surrounding environment. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the Unites States, and the 7th deepest lake in the world. The lake became a part of the Crater Lake National Park in 1902, inviting tourists to take in the breathtaking view and providing a protected habitat for wildlife.
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There are about 19 volcanoes, including Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Devil's Lake, and Newsberry, in Oregon. These volcanoes are only a few of the many that make up the Cascade Volcanoes, a number of volcanoes in an arc in the northwest. There are different types of volcanoes sheltered in the state as well: Stratovolcano, cinder cones, shield, complex, caldera. There are fields as well added to the volcanoes. Two types are known as volcanic fields and lava fields.
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Kentucky (Roaring 20s)

The Mississippi River turns northwards and then curves back south after earthquakes had caused for the river to turn into the border of Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. The Kentucky Bend has many other names, New Madrid, Madrid Bend, Bessie Bend, and Bubbleland because of the circular peninsula of land that is created. Kentucky and Tennessee fought over the land for a long time. Each had believed that the land created by the Kentucky Bend belonged to them. Tennessee had possession over it until the mid-1800s when Tennessee gave it up to Kentucky.


Kentucky had gained prosperous fertile land for cotton, 300 residents. Many of the residents owned their own cotton gin and saw mills. This gain caused for Kentucky to prosper in the cotton industry. The abnormal bend of the river not only nourishes the Kentucky Peninsula, but the boarders of Mississippi and Tennessee as well.

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