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Making Men Moral: Social Engineering During the Great War
     

Making Men Moral: Social Engineering During the Great War

by Nancy K. Bristow, Jeffrey Melnick
 

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"(Nancy) Bristow successfully combines military history with anecdotes of cultural reform efforts to educate and mold--with movies, dances, exercises, books, and sing-alongs--sexually active soldiers into model citizens".--LIBRARY JOURNAL. 39 photos.

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"(Nancy) Bristow successfully combines military history with anecdotes of cultural reform efforts to educate and mold--with movies, dances, exercises, books, and sing-alongs--sexually active soldiers into model citizens".--LIBRARY JOURNAL. 39 photos.

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Library Journal
In World War I, under pressure from countless concerned American mothers, President Wilson created the Commission on Training Camp Activities to monitor and control the plague of venereal disease, drinking, and illicit sex that was invading training camps. It seems many mothers, in their letters to government officials, preferred their sons to return in pieces as heroes rather than, heaven forbid, with syphilis or gonorrhea. Bristow (history, Univ. of Puget Sound), in a difficult assignment, successfully combines military history with anecdotes of cultural reform efforts to educate and mold-with movies, dances, exercises, books, and sing-alongs-sexually active soldiers into model citizens. Bristow claims that, in fact, the use of condoms and prophylactics did slow VD during World War I. But because the well-known, official line during World War II was to encourage soldiers to show virility, general readers may find the Commision's activities merely quaint. This will be mainly of interest to specialists in the period.-Ralph DeLucia, Willoughby Wallace Lib., Branford, Ct.
Booknews
In response to public demands, President Wilson created the Commission on Training Camp Activities in 1917 to ensure the purity of the military training camp environment. Bristow (history, U. of Puget Sound) provides a history of this federal program, originally designed to eliminate venereal disease, which soon mushroomed into a powerful social force, enforcing homogeneity with repression when necessary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814713082
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Series:
American Social Experience Series
Pages:
322
Sales rank:
817,065
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Nancy K. Bristow is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound.

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