Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Representatives of twenty-seven nations worked at Versailles in 1919 under the gaze of a critical public much more alert than when the Congress of Vienna had assembled one hundred years before. In contrast to the atmosphere at Vienna, where the press had been completely suppressed because it was considered... the most powerful means used by the pretended supports of the rights of nations, to the detriment of those princes,... the public was kept informed regarding the happenings at Versailles. One hundred fifty newspaper correspondents from the United States attended the Conference out of a total of some five hundred writers. Their opinions represented all of the shadings from the conservative to the liberal ends of the political spectrum. According to Ray Stannard Baker, "There was never before anything like such a gathering of the forces of publicity from every part of the world."
Geffert, Beverly, "Omaha press reaction to the Versailles verdict: A study using three Omaha newspapers January, 1919-March, 1920" (1963). Student Work. 369.
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