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

James Montgomery Flagg. I Want You for the U.S. Army, 1917. Lithograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (023.00.00)

I Want You

Originally published as the cover for the July 6, 1916, issue of Leslie's Weekly with the title "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?" this portrait of "Uncle Sam" went on to become—according to its creator, James Montgomery Flagg—"the most famous poster in the world." More than four million copies were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the United States entered World War I and began sending troops and materiel into war zones.