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When the United States entered the First World War Baker made certain that the Draft Act of 1917 prohibited the sale of liquor to men in uniform and that it provided for broad zones around the camps in which prostitution was outlawed.
Even so Fosdick, as the new Chairman of the Commission on Training Camp Activities, encountered strong and vociferous opposition.
New Orleans had a notorious red-light district extending over twenty-eight city blocks, and the business-minded mayor of the city journeyed to Washington to present the case for `` the God-given right of men to be men ''.
In Europe, Premier Clemenceau, showing his animal proclivities as the `` Tiger of France '', asked Pershing by letter for the creation of special houses where the sexual desires of American men could be satisfied.
When Fosdick showed the letter to Baker his negative response was: `` For God's sake, Raymond, don't show this to the President or he'll stop the war ''.
Ultimately Fosdick's `` Fit to fight '' slogan swept across the country and every well-known red-light district in the United States was closed, a hundred and ten of them.
The result was that the rate of venereal disease in the American Army was the lowest in our military history.

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