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Women, War and the Home Front

Joan of Arc saved France, World War I poster, c. 1918

Joan of Arc saved France, World War I poster, c. 1918

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When the U.S. entered the Great War in 1917, three years after European hostilities began, the government undertook a huge public information campaign to gain public support for the war effort.

One aspect of that campaign was an emotional appeal to Americans to buy war bonds.

Treasury Secretary William McAdoo once told a group that not buying bonds was equivalent to supporting the Germans.

Some broadsides were aimed particularly at women.