Florida newspapers largely ignored the war in Europe until 1917. In early January there was only an occasional mention of the international situation except for brief reports on the fighting. But by mid-February the possibility, and in some cases the inevitability, of United States involvement in the war was a major editorial topic. A month later a majority of the papers favored America’s joining the crusade to make the world “safe for democracy.”
Ripley, C. Peter
"Intervention and Reaction: Florida Newspapers and United States Entry in World War I,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 49
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol49/iss3/6