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|During World War I, Great Britain and other European nations were under
tremendous economic and industrial stress. Unable to develop resources
or maintain the production of goods to supply their military, they looked
to the United States for these materials and support due to its vast production
and distribution capabilities. The United States had also been economically
and industrially supporting its own armed forces.
This poster is trying to influence the upper and middle classes of American
society. Food happens to be a necessity and a luxury that these two
groups of American citizens have, so in persuading Americans not
to waste food, the poster is trying to have them perceive the war in a
very tangible way. It states that Americans need to be cautious with
their food, specifically the abundance of "American wheat," and other foods
which will help fight the war. The poor on the other hand, already
have a limited amount of food which they cannot afford to waste, so the
poor are already sacrificing or rather helping the cause.