New York State Archives, NYSA_13035-79_B2_1918_37
Governor Charles S. Whitman's Proclamation calling for boys to join the New York State Boys Working Reserve (Farm Cadet Program) to assist the war effort by working on farms to keep production levels high while adult men are away fighting in World War I, March 14, 1918.
What is the purpose of the governor’s proclamation? Provide textual evidence for your answer.
How does the governor support his argument? Provide textual evidence for your answer.
What exceptions does the governor give to the order of the proclamation?
Do you think this proclamation from the governor was successful in accomplishing the goal? Explain your answer.
Research the attitude and actions of the U.S. adolescent population during the Vietnam War. How did the attitudes differ from the willing participants in the farm labor program described by the governor? Why do you think the attitudes were so different? Explain your answers.
English Language Arts: Write a letter to your governor expressing concern over a statewide environmental issue. Include in your letter possible solutions to the problem that would involve the help of the state’s adolescent population and request the governor’s attention in this matter.
Science: The governor mentions certain labor industries from which boys would not be taken if they were vital to the war effort? What U.S. industries would have been vital to the war effort? How would these industries have contributed to the war?
Gilbert, Martin. The First World War. Harper Collins: New York, 1995.