January 19, 2023

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Irishmen – Avenge the Lusitania

Last Updated on November 23, 2020

Irishmen - avenge the Lusitania

Central Council for the Organisation of Recruiting in Ireland. “Irishmen – avenge the Lusitania. Join an Irish regiment to-day.” 1915. Summary: Poster showing the Lusitania in flames and sinking, with people in the water and lifeboats in the foreground.

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The audience for this poster was the Irish—Irish men, in particular. Use what you learned about the sinking of the Lusitania to create a poster targeted to Americans (if needed, conduct more primary source research).

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