Mar 1, 2011

Student Newspaper Launches Investigative Series on AUES

In April 1917, just days after the United States declared war on Germany, AU’s president wrote a letter to the White House. “To his Excellency, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States,” AU President Benjamin Leighton wrote. “I am authorized to extend to the United States Government the use of 92 acres of land lying within the District and composing the campus of the University … for such purpose as the Government may desire."

... While AU provided housing for thousands of soldiers, its academics suffered. University lectures, which were open to the public, were “reduced to a minimum,” The Courier wrote. “Sentinels challenge every person who enters the grounds and buildings; even the officers of the University must show their passes.” Though the University’s academic research faltered, research on chemical weapons began to thrive on the campus grounds. 
Sylvia Carignan
The Eagle
February 28, 2011

1 comment:

Allen Hengst said...

For the record, this American University EAGLE investigative series was launched exactly one year from the day that NORTHWEST CURRENT reported Charlie Bermpohl passed away.

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