From Here To Over There : Fremont County In The Great War
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The War on the Homefront

Upon entering World War I, the US Government wasted little time in trying to persuade the public that joining in the war effort was the right course of action. The federal government quickly formed the Committee on Public Information (an independent agency of the U.S. government).

The Committee on Public Information bombarded local communities like Fremont County with propaganda encouraging support for the war effort. This national patriotic campaign and anti-German message spread across the country in the form of photographs, advertising posters, signs, public meetings, rallies, and even short movies shown in theaters. The Committee controlled how information about the war circulated, fostered a system of censorship, and monitored the media for unpatriotic messages.

Four Minute Men

A few local men volunteered to become Four Minute Men during the war. These men went around to their local theaters, restaurants, town meetings, and other public venues to give a four-minute speech from the Committee on Public Information. The speeches encouraged citizens to give to the Liberty Loan and join in the effort to win the war. This group of men proved to be a very effective in mass marketing the war effort.

The Four Minute Men of Cañon City often gave their speeches during the few minutes it took to change the movie reels in the local Jones Theater. When the Jones Theater closed due to the influenza outbreak, local Four Minute Man W. E. Graves had the Cañon City Daily Record publish his speech the same day he was to give his talk.

Record of the Fremont County Division, Liberty Loan Organization (ca. 1919)

This record shows how every community in Fremont County helped raise a total of $2,326,228.70 in investments and contributions for the war effort.
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