The Future of the World's Children
The AEF published The Stars and Stripes newspaper from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919. General John J. Pershing wanted a newspaper written by American servicemen for American servicemen. The paper's mission was to strengthen troop morale and promote unity within the scattered American forces. Its circulation rose over the course of the war, from 1,000 to 526,000, using a layout typical of American newspapers of the day and a complex distribution network. This edition's prophetic front-page cartoon, in support of the League of Nations, depicts children who would be draft age by World War II.