Title

Mobilizing Mother: From Good Mother to Patriotic Mother in World War I

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

73 p.

Publication Date

3-2012

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Source Publication

Journalism & Communication Monographs

Source ISSN

1522-6379

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1177/1522637912437839

Abstract

The American press played a key role in the Wilson administration’s effort to craft an image of the Patriotic Mother of the Great War. The Patriotic Mother of a soldier was encouraged to assume the mantle of the Spartan Mother. This monograph contrasts the Spartan Mother archetype used by the government and the press to another wartime maternal archetype, that of Thetis, the mother of Achilles, who objected to her son’s participation in the Trojan War. U.S. mothers of soldiers were socially and politically positioned to assume the role outlined by the Wilson administration and advocated by the news media.

Comments

Journalism & Communication Monographs, Vol. 14, No. 1 (March 2012): 5-77. DOI.