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Boys and Girls! You can help your Uncle Sam,
World War I Poster, 1918

Context

World War I required the marshaling of the resources of the United States as never before. Industries that were geared to the production of automobiles, sewing machines, etc., were shifted to the production of war material—guns and new weapons such as airplanes, warships, and submarines. Most of the male workforce was in uniform and deployed overseas to fight. Women had to go to work in those factories in greater numbers than ever before and take jobs that had been held by men.

There were also massive campaigns to recycle materials and to get people to invest in the war effort by purchasing war bonds. Children were encouraged to participate by helping to collect the recyclables and to buy stamps with their nickels, dimes, and quarters. The whole country was encouraged to be part of the overall effort to help win the war. Posters like this encouraged all Americans to participate in the war effort.

Citation: Boys and Girls! You can help your Uncle Sam, World War I Poster, 1918, Prints and Photographs, Special Collections, Library of Virginia

Standards

Social Studies: USII.1, USII.4 USII.5,WHII.9 VSU.9
Art: 4.18, 4.19, 5.18, 5.19

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