Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winning World War I


A nation has many motives in going to war. Usually, the goal is to win. Outcomes are hardly ever so clear. America was a victor in World War I, aka the "Great War" or the "War to End All Wars." Much was lost and the war was neither great nor the last. Peace came, yet it was only a brief pause in a violent century.

In 1917 America declared war and the people of Kentucky did their part on the home front and the battle front. Here is how one county, Harrrison County, helped to win WWI.

Originally published as the cover
for the July 6, 1916, issue of Leslie's Weekly
with the title "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?"
this portrait of "Uncle Sam" went on to become--
according to its creator, James Montgomery Flagg--
"the most famous poster in the world."

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