War Bonds Essay

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War Bonds



War Bonds in WWI

War bonds are money that you give the government to
finance wars in exchange for a certificate that entitles you to a
larger sum of money in the future for their generosity.
There were many ways that were used to advertise war
bonds. The United States didn’t want only the civilians to buy
war bonds, they also wanted and advertised to the soldiers in the
United States. The military issued a series of five cards
encouraging the purchase of war bonds. These cards were given
to soldiers that fought in the fields and those soldiers who lived
in military camps in the United States. There were ads for the
civilians to buy war bonds as well. The civilian ad campaigns
were carried out by the Treasury Department in Washington and
other local Treasury branch offices. The Boston office and the
‘Liberty Loan Committee of New England’ came out with a
series of ads with marvelous half-tone images. They also used
patriotic themes such as Liberty Bonds Guarantee Our Ideals.’
The Liberty Loan Committee of the Second Federal Reserve
District also produced several different sets of Liberty Bonds.
These Liberty Bond ads were different from the others because
they were line drawings rather then half-tones.
There were different ways to influence people to buy war
bonds besides advertising with posters and cards. The
government enlisted the help of popular celebrities and
politicians to help convince the public to support the country by
buying bonds. Even clowns at the circus supported this effort.
If you are wondering how war bonds work, let me tell you.
War stamps could be purchased for 10 cents per stamp. After
you purchased a stamp, you would paste it into a book until they
added up to $18.75. After you did this, you were issued a war
bond. After ten years each bond that you earned would be
worth twenty-five dollars. This was a lot of money then so
many people invested in war bonds.
Let me tell you a little about the history of war bonds. war
bonds have been used throughout United States history to help
pay for the cost of waging war. The first bonds the government
ever authorized were in the year 1790. These war bonds were
used to pay off the debts of the Revolutionary War. Income
taxes were used to help pay for the Civil War and the two World
Wars, but that was not enough. Therefore war bonds were
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