Running four reels, How Uncle Sam Prepares illustrated the measures taken by the United States in the months prior to its inevitable entry into WWI. The early portions of the film showed how raw materials were being forged into weapons, vehicles, and other implements of war. The audience was then treated to lengthy shots of young, clean-limned soldiers, being whipped into lean, mean fighting machines. The film was framed by the device of having "Uncle Sam" being awakened from his slumber by news of German atrocities, on land and sea. The most striking image is the symbolic shot of the "pipe of peace" dissolving into the "trumpet of war."
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