Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Sara L. Sanders


This is a case study of the military slang used by A.E.F. (American Expeditionary Forces) Lieutenant James Darst of the 89th Division in a series of nine articles he wrote for the St. Louis Globe Democrat between April 7th, and April 17th 1919, shortly after returning home from World War I. The objective of this case study is to compare the military slang Darst uses in his newspaper articles to social and psychological connections to discern whether or not Darst's use of military slang in his journalistic discourse is evidence of the American military ideology influencing his individual ideology or the use of slang in his newspaper articles is Darst's conscious act of defiance against military psychological control.