Don't Take A Chance (1918)
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In 1918, Charles Larned Robinson wrote the pamphlet "Don't Take A Chance" for the Sex Education Bureau of the National War Work Council of the YMCA. It was published by the Association Press and approved by the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities, Social Hygiene Division. The pamphlet warns soldiers about the threats posed by prostitutes. It argues that soldiers will catch venereal diseases, sex “is not necessary to health,” and that a soldier owes it to his future wife. The pamphlet includes a hand-written letter from Theodore Roosevelt endorsing the message. The last page contains a poem called “Somewhere A Woman,” about women waiting for soldiers to return home.
|Robinson, Charles Larned|
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|World War, 1914-1918|
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
National War Work Council
Sex Education Bureau
War Department Comission on Training Camp Activities
Social Hygiene Division
American Defense Society
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