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The Effect Of The War On Every Day Affairs by Walter McDougall (1858-1938), ca. 1914

When World War I began in 1914, the United States initially remained neutral and attempted to continue trade with all the warring nations. The British naval blockade of Germany and the Central powers that began early in the war proved disruptive to U.S. trade. Though American exports to Britain and her allies increased, the volume of imports from Western Europe was greatly reduced. This cartoon points out the dearth of European goods in America and the influx of more readily available goods from Russia, Japan and China.

Rockoff, Hugh. "US Economy in World War I". EH.Net Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Whaples. February 10, 2008. Retrieved from: < >

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