The Armenian Massacres, 1894-1896: U.S. Media Testimony

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The 1915 massacre of the Armenians by reactionary Ottoman Government foreshadowed a horrifying trend of genocide that would characterize much of the twentieth century. Yet not so much is known about the Armenian massacres of the 1890s and how they set the stage for the events of 1915. This compilation of articles, published in the U.S. periodicals between 1895 and 1899, reflects the deep concern of the American public for the Armenian people, and also offers a fascinating window onto the world politics of the time—especially on the challenges of coordinating international action once news of the massacres began to emerge.

Throughout these thirty-five reprinted articles, written by American diplomats, missionaries, journalists, religious and public figures, and scientists, the plight of the Armenian people unfolds. Not only do readers learn of the Armenian struggle for equality and, ultimately, independence from the Ottoman Empire, but they also discover rich evidence about the Armenians themselves, their Church, instabilities within the Empire, and charitable efforts spearheaded by American Christian missionaries. The language and tone of these articles from over a century ago do reflect U.S. and European attitudes of the time, which were influenced by the perception of the Empire’s Sultan Abdul Hammid II as the ultimate anti-Christian, pan-Islamic Ottoman ruler. But the overall humanitarian impulses of these writers are evident, and we see the beginnings of an Armenian-U.S. relationship that would strengthen over the course of the twentieth century.

 

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Foreword by Bob Dole
11
Unhappy Armenia
47
The Armenian Trouble
53
The Evil of the Turk
61
Turkey and the Armenian Crisis
67
Why We Catholics Sympathize with Armenia
77
Rational Sympathy
92
The Eastern Question
112
Turkey in Extremis
176
The Eastern Ogre Or St George to the Rescue I878 and 1896
189
The Situation in Armenia
205
A Suggestion
211
The Armenian Question
225
The Armenian Refugees
236
Armenias Desolation and
248
A Mother of Martyrs
263

The Armenian Resolutions
122
Why the Sultan Is Responsible for the Armenian Massacres
136
Who Is Responsible? A Question from Armenia
146
Dr Grace Kimball
155
Our Duty
164

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Про автора (2004)

Arman J. Kirakossian is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of America. He has published numerous books in Armenian and Russian on the Armenian Question and related topics. His most recent book in English is Bibliography of Literature on the Armenian Question (1890–1900).

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