Author: Anna Griffin

Saboteur: An Anthem of Strength

Alfred Hitchcock’s latest film, Saboteur, follows the trek of a Los Angeles-based factory worker to New York City to clear his name after being framed for a crime that would earn him the death penalty: sabotage. In Barry Kane’s 1942 travels, he comes across a series of familiar faces to the American home front – a friendly truck driver, a band of circus performers, high-brow Wall Street elites, an old farmer, local policemen, and a famous model.  Kane, portrayed by Robert Cummings, is framed in the first several minutes of the movie for starting a fire that burned an...

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Patriotism behind bars: U.S. prisons aid the war effort

By Kimberly Willig, Anna Griffin, and Gary Phillips Prisons, by definition, deprive people of their freedom. These days, however, American prisons are serving to advance the cause of freedom. Like most of the country’s resources, they are being recruited for the war effort. Perhaps most surprisingly, convicts are being trained in combat. Not every prisoner, to be sure—those with life sentences are ineligible for training. However, those who have the possibility of getting released are itching to join the action. This is just the beginning. At the Ohio State Penitentiary, prisoners have been sending notes and pleading with Warden...

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Churchill Predicts Success, Urges Postwar Allied Coalition

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, presented a plan yesterday that would bring together the United States, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. as global leaders after the war. The Prime Minister gave this speech addressing the annual meeting of the Central Council of Conservative and Unionist Associations, the leaders of the British Conservative “Tory” Party. In this speech, he did not claim the war was over, or even nearly over. However, the language of his speech indicated that he was hopeful for the positive coalition against the atrocities of the Nazi regime. He left China out of this...

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Wage Disputes Shake War Labor Board

With the U.S. government determined to regulate wages and prices during wartime, the War Labor Board (WLB) is trying to mediate disputes between employers and disgruntled workers seeking pay increases. Last week, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins brought forward a case involves over 30,000 workers at the industrial giant Aluminum Corp. of American (Alcoa). The workers belong to three unions under the umbrella of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO): the Aluminum Workers, the National Association of Die Casters, and the United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers. They are in direct conflict with eight Alcoa plants located in California, Ohio, North...

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Hitler Accuses Roosevelt, Jews in Speech at Berlin Conference

Adolf Hitler declared Franklin D. Roosevelt the “number one enemy” and blamed both world wars on the Jewish people in his annual address to the people of Germany last night. President Roosevelt celebrated his 60th birthday the same way he’s celebrated it for nine years, since Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Every year, on the day that the United States president enjoys festivities (or at least cake) in his honor, Hitler offers what seems like the same speech to the people of his nation. While the responding American citizens now expect outrageous baseless comments, antagonism, and egotism, last night’s speech featured alarmingly sharp and brand new accusations. Roosevelt and Hitler have been in political contention ever since they each assumed power in 1933. During last night’s speech, however, Hitler alleged that Roosevelt had been plotting the downfall of the German people from before his time in office. Hitler dramatically asserted that the “grand colonial power” of Germany received unwarranted attacks in the first world war, this time blaming Roosevelt specifically for every grievance to affect German citizens since 1918. Obviously, that accusation is out of date, as Roosevelt hadn’t been in a direct position of power, but rather the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Great War. It must have surprised the president to hear that he should assume the weight of Woodrow Wilson’s decisions as president....

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.