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Jacob Wempen; Editor-In-Chief

How Much Do We Really Know About Our Food Prices?

Americans have always seemed to take the food we have on our plate for granted. Most Americans don't understand the price that good, clean, healthy food comes at. Much work goes into making our food healthy and safe to eat. Americans want to pay the least amount possible for their food, yet they seem to forget about the people behind the making and processing of it. Those workers deserve extra pay, for their hard work that constantly goes into the creation of our food. Even if it means paying an extra dollar for a plate of eggs and toast, the money is going to people who deserve better. Often many Americans are injured while in the process of creating our food, and they deserve benefits and insurance if an accident were to happen. American citizens need to start paying more attention to what their paying for their food, and where that money is going.

All Americans can make a difference in this battle. Petitions can be started, asking for better pay and benefits to those who go through the grueling hard work of making our food. Donations and charities can be created to help those who have been injured on the job and stuck without work. Newspaper workers can create articles about the unfairness. There are many ways to help, and everyone can do their part.

Letter to Future Americans

January 21st, 1918

Dear Future Americans,

My name is Alice Paul, and I was a leader in the American Women's Suffrage Movement during the 1910s. We used peaceful strategies to try to grant women the right to vote. With nonstop protests and parades, the government had no choice whether to notice us or not. Once our country went to war, we had to continue pushing, otherwise the government would forget about us, and think that we weren't very serious about our mission. We had to do what was right for women, in order for our protests to be taken seriously.

Calling President Wilson "Kaiser Wilson" needed to be done in order for people to get the message. Some may say it was too far, but we disagree. It enraged people, bringing more and more attention to our mission. Sometimes, harsh things needed to be said, so that our nation could realize the harsh conditions women were suffering under. Due to freedom of speech, we were legally allowed to say whatever we wanted, but as usual, the President found ways around that, and took many of us as political prisoners, which were illegal. The ways we were treated, were awful, and you would expected us to have commit horrible crimes by the way we were treated, not political prisoners. The hunger strike was necessary, it showed Wilson that he would not beat us, and that we would win, no matter what conditions he put us in. We were going to fight this battle as long as it took, with the hopes that one day, our children would ALL have the right to vote, not just men.


Alice Paul

They're Just Kids

Many greedy business owners went to desperate measures to put extra cash in their pockets. They hired many kids, and they did not pay the kids fair at all, nowhere close to what an adult would get paid. They would force the kids to work long and grueling shifts and work them beyond exhaustion. In this cartoon, the greedy business owner is pictured in the center of the picture, with many children rowing the boat, many of them not having proper clothing and exhausted.

A New Territory, For Better or Worse?

Many eyes had been watching Hawaii since the late 1800s. America could see a possible future with Hawaii and was interested in possibly making it an American Territory. Hawaii could provide as a home to a naval base and a coaling station. King Kalakauna decided that he did not want to let go of Hawaii so easily, so he allied with many native landowners and chose to fight the annexation of Hawaii. After he was held at gunpoint and forced to sign a new constitution, more talks of annexation began. When King Kalakauna died, his sister, Queen Liluokalani attempted to fight back against the annexation process, and return the power to a monarchy. This outraged Americans and Marines were sent to Hawaii and set up outside the the Queen's fort, as she decided her fate. She could stand down and Hawaii would most likely become an American Territory, or she could fight back, and go down fighting. After many long grueling hours, she had made her decision. She stood down and gave up the power. Finally, after many years of arguments, America would claim Hawaii. The addition of Hawaii would please some, yet anger some.
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Every Person Helps!

The U.S. army needs YOU! Every single person helps when it comes to the U.S. army. By joining the army, you could be saving lives of our country and make a big difference for our nation and the Allied Powers. By going over into Europe and fighting against the Central Powers, you can do your part. Every person helps. Join the U.S. army today!

1890s-1920s Classifieds

Entering the War

NEW YORK, USA - President Wilson entering the United States in the war was surprising for some, and well expected for some. Many different events led to the United State's involvement in the war. Germany sinking the Lusitania was an event that was very surprising to many Americans, enraging the population. The U.S. was beginning to question their status of neutral, but President Wilson insisted that America stay neutral, and avoid entering the war.

Another event which provoked the United States into entering the war was the British discovering the Zimmerman Note. The Zimmerman Note was the from Germany, and it was intended for Mexico, asking them to start war against America, and in exchange, after the war, they would get back the land they lost. This infuriated Americans and kept them pushing towards war. On April 6th, 1917, America entered the war, hoping for peace to be the result of this war.

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902. He was the second child of a school teacher, Caroline Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes. Langston grew up in several different Midwestern small towns. Langston's father soon left his family and moved to Cuba, and then Mexico, trying to escape the racism in the United States. Hughes moved around and lived with several different family members after his father left.

During his adulthood, Hughes worked various odd jobs, before serving as a crewman aboard the S.S. Malone in 1923. After that, Hughes became a personal assistant to a historian. The work demanded limited time for his writing, so Hughes quit, to work as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel. He encountered poet Vachel Lindsay, and they shared their poems together. A new black poet had been discovered.

Soon after, Hughes work soon began to become popular. He wrote novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and is also known for his work in the world of jazz, and the influence it had on his writing. He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that showed their actual culture, including their suffering and their love of music, laughter, and many other things. Hughes many different stories informed people about the typical lives of those of an African American descent. Hughes was, and still is, a very well-known writer in the United States.

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Another Home Run!

Babe Ruth was an excellent MLB player. With 714 home runs in his 22 seasons, he was sure somebody to fear when he was up to the plate. He was one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ruth was a huge source of entertainment for people to watch when he was out on the baseball field.

The States History

The Gilded Age

Progressivism and Imperialism

World War 1 and the Roaring 20s

World War 1 and the Roaring 20s