Am J Public Health volume 108, issue 7, P902-907 2018 DOI: 10.2105/ajph.2018.304354 View full text
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Cynthia A. Connolly, Janet Golden

Abstract: In April 1918, President Woodrow Wilson, alarmed at the high draftee rejection rate, proclaimed the second year of American engagement in World War I as "Children's Year." The motto of the nationwide program was to "Save 100,000 Babies." Children's Year represented a multipronged child welfare campaign aimed at gathering data on best practices regarding maternal and child health promotion, documenting the effects of poverty on ill health, reducing the school drop-out rate, ensuring safe play spaces for childre…

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