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Never Again! But Wasn't It Great, Eh?
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- Sykes, Charles Henry, 1882-1942 - Artist
"War Map 1917-18"
Shown seated alongside one another, Uncle Sam and the French general Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929) reminisce over a map of the Western Front of World War. A grinning Uncle Sam comments, "Never Again! But wasn't it great, eh?" The cartoon calls attention to the fact that the devastating effects of the War failed to completely extinguish America's pride in her military endeavors.
Steven Trout points out in "On the Battlefield of Memory: the First World War and Remembrance, 1919-1941:"
"although the themes of disenchantment and horror characterized much of the war-related literature, film and visual art produced in the United States between the world wars- just as the subjects of disarmament, pacifism, and isolationism often dominated discourse during the same era- collective memories of World War I never swung completely to the negative."
 Trout, Steven. (2010). On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941. (pp. 10-12). Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabamba Press.