Shortly after the Doughboy journalist Alexander Woollcott (1887 - 1943) had been demobilized and repatriated, he wrote this highly involved column in which he defamed the American benevolent organization, the Y.M.C.A. (Young Men's Christian Association) for the part they played as a relief organization during the war. There were many such groups that were sent abroad to cheer up American military personnel - the Jewish Welfare Board, the Knights of Columbus, the Salvation Army and the War Camp Community Service - to name just a few, but the YMCA was the only one among them Woollcott believed to have been deserving of a Doughboy's ire.
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