Issued JANUARY 6, 1915
Since the beginning of hostilities in Europe in the summer of 1914, US president Woodrow Wilson attempted to remain neutral and follow a policy “impartial in thought as well as in action.” Both the Allied and the Central Powers tried to sway American opinion through propaganda but the US held firmly neutral. Britain, who controlled the span of the North Atlantic Ocean, refused to allow American goods to be shipped to Germany and declared all cargo in neutral waters to be contraband. Britain then began seizing U.S. goods. Wilson immediately protested this illegal act.
On January 5, 1915 this cartoon appeared in PUNCH, a British humor magazine established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. It features many cartoons and engravings.