The Cover Section Editor: M.
Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Waves of patriotism swept the United States in the spring of 1917 when,
after only two days of debate, the United States entered the Great War on
the side of Great Britain and France. The resolution was signed by President
Wilson at 1:18 on the afternoon of April 6. Flags sprouted from buildings
like garden flowers. The famed "I Want You" posters went up, and the Selective
Service Act was passed despite strong opposition from the Republicans. Representative
Jeanette Rankin, at that time the only woman ever elected to the US Congress,
and other Montana Republicans were the most opposed. Americans were not to
see action (or casualties) for almost six months and the summer was one long
festival of color, with flags festooning every important building.
Southgate MT. Allies Day, May 1917. JAMA. 2000;283(20):2625. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2625