New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B33_F11_ManlyBoys_photo
The "manly boys" of Cooperstown High School worked on behalf of the Atlantic Division of the American Red Cross. They knitted garments for World War I soldiers, 1918.
What items do you think these boys were knitting?
These boys all have different expressions on their faces. Based on these expressions, how do you think they felt about their task and why do you think these boys were willing to become knitters?
What other vital services did children perform during World War I?
How do you think this photograph affected public opinion about the war?
Where does your country currently have troops involved in conflicts? How could you help with these efforts?
Find evidence of another time in American history when children contributed to a war effort. What services did these children provide? How do you think these services helped the war effort?
Math: If each of these boys knitted two items per week, how many items could the entire group knit for soldiers in one year?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to a soldier to accompany one of the pieces that a boy is knitting.
Art: Knitting demonstration followed by a knitting lesson for students to observe the level of difficulty and the effort put forth by these children
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Rutt, Richard. A History of Hand Knitting. Interweave Press, 2003. ISBN: 1931499373
Strawn, Susan. Knitting America: a glorious heritage from warm socks to high art. Voyageur Press, 2007. ISBN: 0760326215