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1Chapter 19 World War I and Its Aftermath Section 2The Home Front
2Building Up the Military As the U.S. entered the war; it was necessary to recruit more soldiers.Many progressives thought conscription, or forced military service, violated both democratic and republican principles.A new system of conscription, called selective service, resulted in about 2.8 million Americans being drafted.
5African Americans in War African American soldiers faced discrimination and prejudice within the army, where they served in racially segregated units under the control of white officers.Many won praise from their commanders and won medals.
6Women in the MilitaryWWI was the first war in which women officially served.Navy enlisted 11,000 women.The army, refusing to enlist women, hired them as temporary employees to fill clerical positions.Army nurses were the only women in the military to go overseas during the war.
8Organizing IndustryPresident Wilson and Congress agreed that the gov’t should not control the economy.They wanted to establish a cooperative relationship between big business and gov’t to ensure efficient use of resources during the mobilization of the American economy for war.
9The War Industries Board 1917 – the WIB was created to coordinate the production of war materials.1918 – the WIB was reorganized and Bernard Baruch, a wealthy Wall Street stockbroker, was appointed to run it.Controlled the flow of raw materials, ordered construction of new factories, and, with the president’s approval, set prices.
10Food and FuelThe Food Administration, under Herbert Hoover, was responsible for increasing food production while reducing consumption.Hoover asked people to plant victory gardens to raise their own vegetables in order to leave more food for the troops.
12Food and FuelThe Fuel Administration encouraged people to conserve coal and oil.Daylight savings time was introduced to conserve industry.
13Paying for the War *Don’t Write* By the end of the war the U.S. was spending about $44 million a day – leading to a total expenditure of about $32 billion.Taxes alone could not cover the expenditures.
14Paying for the WarTo raise money, the gov’t began selling Liberty Bonds and Victory Bonds.By buying bonds, Americans were loaning money that would be repaid with interest in a specified number of years.
16Mobilizing the Workforce To prevent strikes, the National War Labor Board (NWLB) was established in 1918.In exchange for wage increases, 8 hour workday, and the right to organize unions and bargain collectively, the labor leaders agreed not to disrupt war production with a strike.
17Women Support Industry The war increased the need for women in the workforce.They took factory and manufacturing jobs and positions in the shipping and RR industries.After the war, women returned to their previous jobs or left the workforce.
21Mexican Americans Head North Many Mexicans moved north, providing labor for farmers and ranchers in the American SW.Mexicans also took wartime factory jobs.Faced discrimination and hostility from all Americans.
22“Selling the War”The Committee on Public Information (CPI), was a new gov’t agency that attempted to “sell” the idea of war to the American people.Pamphlets and speeches helped deliver patriotic messages.
23Civil Liberties Curtailed Espionage, or spying to acquire secret gov’t information, was addressed in the Espionage Act of 1917.It set up consequences for people who aided the enemy.The Sedition Act of 1918 went a step further by making it illegal to criticize the president or gov’t.
24Climate of SuspicionSuspicion of disloyalty led to the mistreatment of German-Americans.Feeling led to violence.Anyone appearing disloyal came under attack.
25Supreme Court Limits Free Speech Schenck v. the U.S. (1919), the Supreme Court ruled limiting an individual’s freedom of speech if the words spoken constituted a “clear and present danger.”Example: “FIRE!”
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