|Samples of newly published anti-German propaganda songs were printed in Sunday supplements
to promote them. Many were aimed specifically for children, especially little boys.
|The Smallest Soldiers: Teaching Children to Hate
|The 'National School Service' was sent to public schools throughout the country to assist teachers in
making “every school pupil a messenger for Uncle Sam." Thousands of books from mysteries to
comics and adventure stories were published with hate-German propaganda especially geared for
children. The School Service had a circulation of 20,000,000 homes, and it was successful. Children
in St. Louis, for example, were praised in the local paper for "doing their duty" in the war movement
by stoning the daily delivery wagons of a German grocer.
The Creel gang worked hard at convincing children to spread the message of war. The "Anti-Yellow
Dog League" was a younger version of the American Protective League and had about 1,000
nationwide branches emanating from public schools. It was a vigilante group made up of schoolboys
above age 10 who searched out "disloyalty." They "barked" when a "disloyal yellow dog" was
suspected and their "Dog Hunts" targeted fellow students with German names or heritage.
As if Sunday newspapers were not enough, even church Sunday schools got in the act. While mom
and dad were hearing sermons justifying war, killing. hate and revenge, the kiddies were downstairs
in church basements with little "beat-up the hun" coloring books.
Over 100 anti-Kaiser songs were produced by Tin Pan Alley, such as: 'We Are Out for the Scalp of
Mister Kaiser', 'We Want the Kaiser's Helmet Now', and 'We Will Make the Kaiser Wiser', 'We're
Going to Hang the Kaiser on the Linden Tree', 'We're Going to Whip the Kaiser', 'The Crazy
Kaiser', 'I'd Like to See the Kaiser with a Lily in His Hand', 'We'll Give the Stars and Stripes to the
Kaiser', 'If I Only Had My Razor Under the Kaiser's Chin', 'Shoot the Kaiser' and 'The Kaiser is a
Devil'. Even after the war ended, hate songs continued: 'Hang the Kaiser to the Sour Apple Tree',
'We've Turned His Moustache Down', 'We Sure Got the Kaiser, We Did, and The Kaiser Now is
Wiser' came out after the armistice.
Hate was even added to baby's daily diet with packaging carrying a pro-war message. The
propagandists were shameless when it came to exploiting the fears and emotions of even the youngest
children. They were even asked to donate their Tooth Fairy funds. The war would not be forgotten
soon by children of the era. National Thrift Director, Dr. J. Stanley Brown saw to it later that fifteen
million disengaged hand grenade piggy banks were distributed to children in 1919 as thanks for their
"loyal service in war time."