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“Interchurch World Movement” was one of many posters issued during World War I to encourage support of the war. This poster was created by female American artist Jessie Wilcox Smith in 1919. Smith was a popular illustrator during the Golden Age of American Illustration. According to author Ruth S. Freeman, Smith is considered "one of the greatest pure illustrators." This poster advertised The Interchurch World Movement. The Interchurch World Movement was an early 20th century effort in ecumenical cooperation. This movement was stimulated by the hopes of a better world after World War I. It derives from the Presbyterian Church and was focused on social betterment, education, and evangelization. The movement campaigned to raise funds for their missionary outreach (Interchurch World Movement). This poster features a mother holding her small child’s hands in prayer. The caption says, “This Simple Faith has made America Great, Interchurch World Movement,” encouraged faith abiding Americans to donate. This poster was most likely created and reproduced as a lithographic print at the time of its distribution.


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