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Exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I

Editorial cartoon depicting Uncle Sam delivering aid to Belgians
William Allen Rogers. Invasion of Belgium by the "Uncultured," 1914. Pen, ink, graphite, and blue pencil drawing. Published in the New York Herald, November 25, 1914. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (018.00.00)

The Invasion of Belgium

American cartoonist William Allen Rogers contrasts American and German behavior in Belgium, a neutral country invaded in August 1914 by the German army. In this image, a German soldier guards the almost entirely occupied country, where reports of brutal German behavior belie German claims to be a model of a civilized nation. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam, representing the "plain," and thus by German standards less cultured, people of the United States, sends a constant stream of food, clothing, and other assistance into the suffering country.