America's Answer: The Second Official United States War Picture


This World War I poster advertises the film America’s Answer, which was made by the Division of Films of the Committee on Public Information, a government body established in the United States to foster public unity and generate support for the war. The committee was headed by muckraking journalist George Creel (1876–1953). The film, which was released in U.S. theaters on July 14, 1918, is a documentary (part of the Following the Flag to France series) about the arrival in France of the first half-million American troops and their contribution to the war effort. The poster, by an unknown artist, shows U.S. soldiers carrying rifles and one soldier carrying a U.S. flag. After remaining neutral for the first three years of the conflict, the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. The first American troops landed in France in late June of that year. By May 1918, more than one million U.S. troops were stationed in France, where they helped to bring about the ultimate defeat of Germany and its allies in November 1918.

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Washington, D.C.


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1 print (poster) : color



  1. James R. Mock and Cedric Larson, Words That Won the War: The Story of the Committee on Public Information, 1917−1919 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1939).
  2. A.J.L. Waskey, “Creel, George Edward (1876−1953),” in Spencer C. Tucker, ed., The Encyclopedia of World War I (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005).

Last updated: October 25, 2013