The following short video was made by Canva and includes information from my presentation as well as an audio file from the Internet Archive entitled “Over There” by Thomas A. Edison Inc. Over There (written by George M. Cohan), performed by Billy Murray Edison 50443, recorded 1917. The song is in the Public Domain. Nevertheless, anyone that wishes to use the audio should cite the Internet Archive here.
This video will engage audiences by immersing them in music from World War I to paint a contrast in how the US viewed their entry to the war with how other nations such as Great Britain viewed the conflict. I tried to find an audio copy of “We’re here
because we’re here” sang to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. British soldiers sang this song while in the trenches during the Battle of the Somme. The music from the US and the UK during the war highlighted different perspectives and attitudes toward the war at that point.
The music combined with the text of my canvas project will hopefully convince students and the public to engage with my website and learn more about the historical memory of the Great War.