Halifax Explosion of December 1917: The Effect of War on the Home Front

There are certain subjects which warrant treatment of the subject even if they do not fit neatly into the envelope of the IB Subject Guide.  One such example of this is the collision of the SS Mont Blanc and the SS Imo on 6 December 1917. The Mont Blanc was a French ship loaded with ammunition in New York City that was sent up to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to join an convoy  across the Atlantic. At dawn on 6 December it ...

The espionage act of 1917 and opposition to the First World War in North America

On June 15, 1917 the US Congress passed the Espionage Act which, while modified over the years, has remained in tact as legislation for a century.  This Act addressed key concerns from that point in time: 'interference' in military recruitment interception of materials considered seditious or treasonous by the US Postmaster prohibited the transference of information to a foreign agent that may could hinder the US war effort Passing the legislation was not at all surprising or unusual; all European countries had ...