American Art News (VOL. XVII, No. 7, November 23, 1918), in a critique of then-recent World War I posters, described Rice's poster as "weakened by too much background of white paper." The poster advertises a major fundraising drive that the United War Work Campaign (a coalition of organizations including the Knights of Columbus) underwent. Similar to YMCA work, the Knights of Columbus provided recreation, a place for Catholics to practice their faith, and the amenities of home to soldiers. During World War I, Supreme Knight James A. Flaherty proposed to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson that the Order establish soldiers' welfare centers in the U.S. and abroad. The Order raised more than $14 million for this program on its own, and was allocated another $30 million from a national fund drive.
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