Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: "I saw what was left" from primary documents

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"I saw what was left" from primary documents













In the article entitled, "I saw what was left", posted in the New York
World
on May 26, 1896, it is stated,
"all the bodies have been stabbed by sword bayonets and hacked by sabers until I could not count the cuts: they were indistinguisable."

This quote describes the physical conditions that soldiers were left in
during the Spanish American War. These bodies were left in such terrible conditions, with cut off ears and split open mouths, leaving it impossible to be able to tell anyone apart. It can be said, that this article is being used to convey the point that the human brutality that was taking place during this war was unexplicable in a nation that was supposedly a well disciplened and civilized nation. In short, this wtiter is saying that something had to be done immediatly to stop this brutality because what was left were lifeless bodies which endured physical brutality that was beyond inhumane.

2 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

The atrocities described were creating sympathy for the cuban cause in the U.S. The press coverage of Spanish brutality was a major factor in the road to war. Remember these articles are from 1896, two years before the war.

2/15/2007 12:56 AM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

The atrocities described were creating sympathy for the cuban cause in the U.S. The press coverage of Spanish brutality was a major factor in the road to war. Remember these articles are from 1896, two years before the war.

2/15/2007 12:56 AM  

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