The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts from the American Press, 1915-1922

Richard D. Kloian, Editor
Heritage Publishing, 1985, 1992, 1996, 2005, 400 pages

Grade Level: Ninth Grade to Adult
This compilation of 200 full length articles from The New York Times and over 60 full-length articles from 14 American journals of the time reprises the day to day reporting of the genocide. Included are photographs, maps, and official documents including the Turkish Military Tribunal of 1918 that found Turkey’s former leaders guilty of ordering the Armenian massacres.

The Armenian massacres 1915-1916 were the single most riveting human rights issue in the United States in 1915-1917 that shocked the conscience of an entire nation and became the subject of national discussion, angst – and outrage. This compilation of 200 full length articles from The New York Times and over 60 full-length articles from 14 American journals of the time reprises the day to day reporting of the genocide. Included are photographs, maps, and official documents including the Turkish Military Tribunal of 1918 that found Turkey’s former leaders guilty of ordering the Armenian massacres. Arranged in chronological order, the news articles are a historic chronicle of the genocide as reported daily by America’s most prestigious newspaper.

This book reproduces those news accounts and calls attention to their importance as sources of first-hand evidence. The probative value of these accounts are supported by the subsequent disclosures that many of the stories reported by The Times were from official dispatches sent to the U.S. State Department in Washington by the American Ambassador and other American Consular officials in Turkey. Their statements, as well as the coincident testimony of teachers and missionaries, and the victims themselves, comprise an important pool of information and facts that aid in the teaching of this event as well as becoming a primary source of direct evidence.

For samples, go to the following pages:  U.S. News Accounts | Documents & Maps

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