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"We Stand On The Threshold Of A New Age”: Alice Masaryková , The Czechoslovak Red Cross, And The Building Of A New Europe

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The Great War presented American journalist Eleanor Franklin Egan with an unmatched tableau, and by the time of the armistice she had cemented her reputation as one of the foremost international journalists of her day. She attempts ways of distancing herself, and her readers, from the horror of what she sees with rhetorical frames. Scenes of squalor, corruption, and inhumanity are set up as contrasts to American efficiency, fairness, and generosity. And she was suspicious of organisations, including governmental, philanthropic, and women's organisations. Egan was more of an internationalist than Lorimer, and her sympathies from the outset of the war were consistently pro-British, if not always pro-interventionist. Approaching the large and abstract through the small and concrete is a hallmark of journalism, then and now. Egan, working within her role as journalist, is already in some ways detached from other players in the scenes she witnesses.

Keywords:American journalist; Eleanor Franklin Egan; Great War; journalism



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