Leslie’s Illustrated – Mar. 1917


The Navy was called on to guard our shores against German submarines (U boats) that threaten to keep men and supplies from reaching the Western Front in support of the Allied armies that were defending France an Britain against the Axis powers.  In addition they defended the American shoreline from the anticipated threats of invasion from Germany.



In 1898 the United States Navy defeated the Spanish naval forces in Manila, Philippines to become a major military factor on the waters of the world. Between 1898 and 1917 the United States embarked on a “modernization” of its warships and by our entrance into World War I we were considered the second most powerful naval force in the world.

Many of the American warships were built in the naval yards in Philadelphia and New York. Their construction created a large industry which employed tens of thousands of workers in this area. The United States economy was booming because of all the supplies and materials needed for the upcoming war effort.



The light that welcomed people to America for the past 25 years plus was now going to be turned on to support the Allies in their quest to defeat the “dreaded hun”

America was gifted this 305 foot tower from France in 1885-6. It stood in the harbor of New York and became one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It became a symbol of peace, strength and friendship.

Before the Statue of Liberty graced our shores, the female symbol representing America was Columbia. Today people only know Columbia as a symbol of a Movie studio (Columbia pictures) and maybe the “C” in the CBS television. Few people associate her with her “home” Washington D.C. (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA). In future editions you will be allotted the opportunity to meet her again (for the first time).




The American way of life. The phrase may seem quaint – a cliché of political oratory, a cartoon formula like Superman’s fight for “truth, justice, and the American way.” But foreign policy thinkers who dismiss the idea of “the American way of life” and focus on “vital interests” as the basis of U.S. foreign policy are guilty of a profound philosophical and political error. For there is no interest more vital in America foreign policy and no ideal more important than the preservation of the American way of life. To understand the American way of life, it is necessary to understand the public philosophy of the United States:  The ordinary American, asked what the United States stands for, answers “Freedom,” not “Democracy” or “Republicanism”. The American people take pride in thinking of their country as the “land of liberty” or “the land of the free,” in the words of the U.S. national anthem.

                                                        The American Way of Strategy – Book by Michael Lind



This illustration by Sarka needs no title. It portrays the three stalwarts of the American military on a background of Red, white and blue. Uncle Sam has aged since his appearance on covers by James Montgomery Flagg (see February 15th of 1917. His demeanor and expression show his resolve that with the help of the Naval forces at sea and the Armed forces on the land America was going to help save the world from “tyrants” and make it “safe for Democracy.