New York State Archives, NYSA_A0226-78_B3_B3_Canandaigua_FarmLabor
A poster calling for the men of Canandaigua not fighting in World War I to help harvest food by working on local farms, c. 1917.
Who does the poster specifically ask to help with the war effort?
Why do you think this poster puts the word “volunteer” in large, bold print?
How does the use of the words “patriotic emergency” help to recruit volunteers?
How much extra food did American farmers produce for the war effort during World War I? What about World War II?
English Language Arts: Write a newspaper article about the volunteer farm laborers. Include information about who they are and what they did before they volunteered on the farm.
Art: Design a poster to recruit volunteers for a particular job that would be important to your community today. Possible ideas include the environment, schools, development, parks, or historic preservation.
Gilbert, Martin. The First World War. Harper Collins: New York, 1995.