My Fellow Soldiers

Letters from World War I

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Propaganda poster for US humanitarian aid, 1917-1918
Image credit: Library of Congress

Staying Neutral

Staying neutral became increasingly difficult for the United States as the war progressed. Between 1914 and early 1917, Americans sent humanitarian aid and volunteered medical services in war-torn countries. The relief work and America’s continued commercial trade with combatants raised questions about the nation’s neutrality.