Under Way 12/28/1917
From the Berryman Political Cartoon Collection
The problems of increasing railroad congestion during World War I pushed President Woodrow Wilson to place the railroads under government control and operation on December 26, 1917. William McAdoo was appointed Director General of Railroads, and his first order, issued on December 28, required the pooling of all rail traffic, common utilization of all rail facilities, freight haulage by the shortest possible route, and called upon all employees to continue performing their duties. In this cartoon Clifford Berryman shows a determined Uncle Sam as a locomotive engineer while teddy bear serves as brakeman.