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Down History Lane: Helen Keller, John Keegan, World War I

By Remy Benoit

This is the Helen Keller who you were not taught about in school; the woman as an activist.

For her biography Helen Keller: An Overview.

Strike Against War, delivered before the Women's Peace Party at New York, New York (January 5, 1916).

Her ideas were unpopular with many in her time, and the US entered into World War I.

For an excellent history of that engagement, try the work of John Keegan who was for many years a senior lecturer in military history at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, a fellow at Princeton University, and a professor of history at Vassar College. John Keegan. At the site there is a link to his book, The First World War. It's first line reads, "The FIRST WORLD WAR was a tragic and unnecessary conflict."

That line should spark some thought, and a lot of "why then," and "what if" questions.

WWI Casualties.

WWI Casualties.

From the First World Life in the Trenches.


Dear Joh Keegan, I am a middle school student from Connecticut and I have a few questions about your article on military armor. 1.)What got you interested in looking into th old english armor? 2.)How did you determine what the battle fields looked like back in 1415 with no evidence. I would like to thank you in advance for answering my questions. Ian McDonald

Posted by: Ian McDonald, at 2011-10-16 22:32:53

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