Observation, Donation, Action: Americans Respond to War 1914-1915 - Christopher Capozzola

Despite President Woodrow Wilson’s request that Americans remain “neutral in thought and in action,” ordinary people responded actively to the war. Through volunteering and serving under arms with foreign military organizations, Americans were engaged in World War I long before the U.S. officially joined the war, prompted by altruism, personal ambition, a search for adventure or a prayerful hope for the redemption of a devastated Europe.