Rich Americans in the late 19th century admired what they perceived as the classiness of upper class Brits. They sent their daughters to GB to see if they could marry a nobleman and bring reflected glory to the American family. A Bronx family named Jerome, for instance, sent their daughter, Jennie, over and she married a Lord Churchill. The Brits had titles but welcomed the infusions of American cash to their depleted family coffers. During the Boer Wars, the common Americans identified with the embattled Dutch farmers who resisted the British army as the American farmers had a century earlier. British propagandists began cajoling the Americans with sweet comparisons between the two countries that shared the common heritage of the English language, and Shakespeare and Wordsworth. They suggested that America was safe because the mighty British navy deterred any foreign threats to either country. If the Boers prevailed, that would diminish British prestige and some unfriendly nation might be emboldened enough to challenge them. Some American papers took up this line of reasoning and pro-Boer sentiment never had any practical effects. When WWI began, the talk of the shared heritage was played at a loud volume and contrasted with the apelike, barbarous enemy that spoke in a coarse guttural language and wrote in scary Gothic letters. The American leaders were almost completely of British descent and longed to ingratiate themselves with their cousins. To this end, the official US policy of "neutrality" consisted entirely of lip service to the principle and concealed a significant bias in favor of the Allies. Even so, it took nearly 3 years before the Germans could be sufficiently goaded into "anti-American" measures that turned the popular opinion in favor of war. And so was born the special relationship between the two English speaking countries that has seemingly endured to this day.