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Topics in Chronicling America - The American Red Cross in World War I

The American Red Cross made a major contribution to aid the wounded during World War I. Within weeks of the outbreak of the war it dispatched The Mercy Ship, which brought surgeons, nurses, and medical supplies to Europe. When the U.S. entered the war in April of 1917, the organization began a period of remarkable growth, and by war’s end it had become a major humanitarian organization with a record of broad and distinguished service. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

Drawing of the Red Cross in the sunset

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Important Dates:

  • August 31, 1914. American Red Cross hospital ship bound for Europe.
  • December 10, 1914. American Red Cross surgeons and nurses to aid only wounded and dying soldiers.
  • December 12, 1917. Red Cross awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
  • December 2, 1917. War Council report lists Red Cross goals and accomplishments.
  • May 1918. Red Cross drive to raise funds.
  • December 12, 1918. American Red Cross seeks help from “every patriotic citizen.”

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Red Cross, The American Red Cross, Red Cross and War, The Red Cross War Council
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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