Lusitania – sunk 94 years ago today

May 7, 2009

We’re talking about the sinking of the Lusitania, and the role that incident played in getting the U.S. into World War I.

Coincidence:  Look at the date today.

Enlistment poster, after the sinking of the Lusitania

Enlistment poster, after the sinking of the Lusitania

94 years ago today.  U-20 sank the Lusitania, champion of the Cunard Line, on May 7, 1915.

World War I appears to have been a heyday for propaganda posters.  Google up “Lusitania +poster” and you can find a wealth of recruiting posters and just plain propaganda posters.  If only we had the time, there are a couple of lesson plans waiting in that search.

Note:  Details on the poster: Artist, Fred Spear, 1915; “Enlist,” published by Sackett & Wilhelms Corp.

Other resources:

  • All Lusitania, all the time:  Lusitania blog

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