WWI Effects

WWI Effects

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  • US Government
  • US Socialists
  • US Industry
  • The APL helped the Justice Department identify radicals and critics, the slacker raids were carried out. There was oppression of freedom of speech and there were many protests from progressives that did not work. 
  • African Americans
  • The War Labor Board pressed for the establishment of minimum wage, unions and 8 hour work days. The government also charged thousands of people with the violation of right insulting the government. Wealthy Americans had to pay around 60% of their income in taxes to make their worker rights better.
  • US Immigrants
  • Under the Selective Service Act, 24 million men were required to register with the draft. Federal agencies worked to regulate industry, transportation, labor, and agriculture. The War Industries Board presided over all elements of war production. The Railroad Administration took control of all transportation.
  • US Women
  • Vote for Women!
  • Black people were excluded from nearly all Progressive definitions of freedom; they could not participate in democracy, access jobs or any part of the growing industry, etc. There were no movements for black rights and they were largely ignored and viewed as the inferior race.
  • Even as Americanization programs, the war strengthened the ideas that certain people should be excluded. Prejudice increased as well by saying that only desirable people should reproduce to create the best human race. The IQ test was created and showed that non-American were less smart.
  • No-immigrants
  • In 1916. Wilson endorsed votes for women and they began to gain greater role by helping with the war with their endorsements. The National Women's party was created and it was made up of college-educated women that fought for women's rights and equality.
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