WWI Recruiting & Enlistment


Hundreds of men line up to join the army and fight for their country. This image shows the strong influence of propaganda used during WWI to recruit soldiers. The purpose of propaganda in the Great War was to persuade people to volunteer or join the army. Propaganda was displayed in many forms of media and also encouraged women to work in factories. The impact of Uncle Sam became a revolutionary hallmark and a patriotic symbol during the Great War. Men were encouraged by this figure and were proud to enlist. By the end of 1918, over 2.8 men were drafted.


Yockelson, Mitchell. “National Archives.” National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, 1988, https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1998/fall/military-servic....

Tams, Leah, and Smithsonian Institution. “Women in World War I .” National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/women-in-wwi/wa....

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