In This Chapter
- The struggle to mobilize for war
- Financing the war: the Liberty Loans
- General Pershing takes command of the AEF
- The U.S. Navy goes to war
- The first Americans arrive
Since 1914, United States factories had been producing at higher than normal rates in response to demand from the belligerents overseas, but President Wilson, wanting to maintain the appearance of complete neutrality, did not order much in the way of contingency planning to put industry on a full war footing. More shocking was the almost complete absence of planning on the part of the U.S. Army. The army had sent observers to Europe, and ...