Nation Building and Rebuilding: The American Red Cross in Italy During the Great War1

  title={Nation Building and Rebuilding: The American Red Cross in Italy During the Great War1},
  author={Julia F. lrwin},
  journal={The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era},
  pages={407 - 439}
  • Julia F. lrwin
  • Published 1 July 2009
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
During World War I, hundreds of Americans traveled to Italy as volunteers for the American Red Cross (ARC). Through their relief activities for Italian civilians, these individuals served both diplomatic and social-reform agendas. They packaged medical and social aid with a clear message of American alliance, presenting the ARC as a vanguard of the U.S. military that was prepared to assist Italy's war effort in the absence of American troops. Emphasizing American methods, expertise, and… 
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