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1 Chapter 19 World War I and Its Aftermath
Section 2 The Home Front

2 Building 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.



5 African 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.

6 Women in the Military WWI 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.


8 Organizing Industry President 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.

9 The 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.

10 Food and Fuel The 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.


12 Food and Fuel The Fuel Administration encouraged people to conserve coal and oil. Daylight savings time was introduced to conserve industry.

13 Paying 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.

14 Paying for the War To 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.


16 Mobilizing 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.

17 Women 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.


19 The Great Migration Begins
The war stopped the flow of immigrants to the U.S., which allowed African Americans wartime jobs. B/w 300,000 & 500,000 AA left the South to settle in the North.


21 Mexican 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.

23 Civil 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.

24 Climate of Suspicion Suspicion of disloyalty led to the mistreatment of German-Americans. Feeling led to violence. Anyone appearing disloyal came under attack.

25 Supreme 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!”

26 Next: Section 4 The War’s Impact
End of Section 2 Next: Section 4 The War’s Impact

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