One hundred years ago, Americans began to prepare for what joining the conflict in Europe would mean for them. After President declared war, people began to talk about conscription to build up the military, wartime budgeting, and loans for the war effort. It meant a summer of change, or at least anxiety, as troops prepared to enter the fray.
Washington, DC became a center of activity to support the war effort. Not only did the public have front row seats to the legislation and organization going on in government, but many of them also began preparing to take part on a personal level through joining the armed services, volunteering, buying bonds, or just tightening their belts. A great record of these days can be found in the cartoons of Clifford Berryman at the Washington Evening Star. Many of his images were printed on the front page of the newspaper during the war years. These cartoons showcase political conflicts of the day, but also other concerns of his readers, such as the wages of government clerks, victory gardens, local baseball games, and the weather. You can see many digital copies of his original sketches from the National Archives in the Clifford Berryman Cartoons here at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum.