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WWI - Foreign Relief and Service

By 1914, many families present in America had recently emigrated from other countries, many of them from Eastern and Southern Europe. Many of these individuals disliked the thought of U.S. entry into the war because of their close ties to their homelands. Other Americans felt that they could not wait for the U.S. to enter the war, and found other methods of supporting the Allies before America declared war. Among these early supporters were many Italians and Poles, who enlisted in the Italian and Polish armies in the early years of the war. In New York, many supporters of the Allies went north to join the Canadian forces. In addition to joining foreign militaries, many Americans also started relief and support efforts for various countries and ethnic groups during the war.