As the election of 1916 approached, Americans looked across the Atlantic with increasing trepidation. The war ravaging Europe was already the most destructive in history, and many saw the dark cloud of intervention looming on the horizon. Public opinion was decidedly against the latter, and the Wilson administration, knowing its chances for reelection hinged on it, made much of the fact that it had, thus far, avoided war. Wilson won the election on the promise not to send troops unless the security of the nation was at stake.
This celluloid pinback from 1916 epitomizes the spirit of the campaign, presenting Wilson as a bulwark of peace and savior of American lives.