Pullman in the First World War

Rallies and Bond Drives

In 1917 and 1918, the United States government issued Liberty Bonds to raise money for its involvement in World War I. Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo created a very aggressive campaign to popularize the bonds. The Treasury Department worked closely with the Committee on Public Information in developing Liberty Bond campaigns.

All told, there were four main bond drives. The first occurred in April, 1917, the second in October, 1917, the third in April, 1918, and the fourth and final one in September, 1918.

 The government used famous artists to make posters and used movie stars to host bond rallies. Pullman responded to all four drives with enthusiasm, holding bond rallies and flag raisings to bolster sales and reinforce patriotism.


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