WWI Homefront Interactive Image
Alexandra S. Mulcahe
Created on January 31, 2024
Learn about the US Homefront during WWI through these interactive links.
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There were many ways that Americans were encouraged to support the war effort. Find these icons like these ones & click on them to learn more:
Scroll down to the "World War I" section under "War Bond History"
Scroll down to the "Women Mobilize for War" section.
Scroll down to the section titled "At War with 'Disloyal' Speech" when you open the website.
What does it mean?
Sedition refers to speech or text that is trying to incite a rebellion against a government or leader.Espionage means spying on a person or country to obtain information.
Once America became involved in WWI, President Wilson issued a nationwide campaign to get as much support for the war effort as possible. President Wilson formed a committee to create and distribute propaganda to accomplish that task. Propaganda are media messages that are meant to influence people to think or do something. Classic examples of Wilson's propaganda campaign included posters encouraging men to enlist in the army, people to buy war bonds, and women to grow victory gardens.
What does "war effort" mean?
Rationing food was important to ensure the U.S. was producing enough food to send to Europe for soldiers to consume. It became common for Americans to practice "Wheatless Mondays and Wednesdays" and "Meatless Tuesdays" with bread and meat being the highest in demand for soldiers.Another common practice was growing "victory gardens." These were small gardens in backyards so that families could produce their own fruits and vegetables. This way, farmers could produce more for soldiers.