The New York Times and the Armenian Genocide

A Lesson Plan based on The Armenian Genocide – News Accounts from the American Press, 1915-1922

This curriculum extracts articles from the book, “The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts from the American Press,” compiled by Richard Kloian (available from GenEd and can be ordered for $25 by emailing). Including 200 New York Times articles, other journalistic accounts, U.S. Ambassador Morgenthau’s personal account of the genocide, survivor accounts, telegrams from the genocide perpetrator, photographs, and more, the book presents a compelling chronicle of the systematic deportations and massacres of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, perpetrated by the Turkish governing authorities between 1915 and 1922.

The lesson allows students to:

  • Discuss the significance of the language used in the articles as it relates to a modern definition of genocide
  • Comprehend the extent to which American readers/public were aware of the persecution against Armenians by Ottoman rulers.
  • Understand the importance of media in exposing and preventing human rights abuses



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