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1 How did the americans on the homefront support or oppose wwi? WWI: The Home FrontHow did the americans on the homefront support or oppose wwi?
2 Peace GroupsPacifists- people who oppose all war for political, moral, or religious reasonsWomen’s Peace party- led by Jane Addams feared that U.S.’s Entry into war would diminish support for their reformConscientious Objectors- people who opposed war for religious or moral reasons and therefore refused to serve in the armed forces(often risking going to prison)
3 Government and the WarCommittee on Public Information (CPI)- George Creel led this government created committee in attempt to sell the war to the public.Films, Books, and Four Minute Men (speakers around the country)Patriotic FervorPropaganda (information or rumors spread by a group or the government to promote causes or ideas to damage an opposing cause or idea)Parades , flag waving, schools sending war materials, families collecting apricot pits for making gas masks.Sometimes patriotic fervor started anti-German Hysteria
5 Transforming the Economy for the War Effort Raising money for the war effort came through taxes and liberty bondsTaxes funded ¼ of the cost of warWar Revenue Act- increased income taxes during WWI ,000 to millionLiberty Bonds- certificate issued by the government that promises to pay back the money with interest on a specific date
6 Industry, Food, and Fuel for War War Industries Board- headed by Bernard Baruch coordinated the work of government agencies, and industry groups to make sure supplies and equipment were produced and delivered to the militaryNational War labor board- government worked to ensure the cooperation of unionsFood and FuelFood Administration- oversaw the production and distribution of food and fuelMeatless Mondays, Wheatless WednesdaysGasless Sundays, and Heatless MondaysVictory Gardens (one in front of the Whitehouse)
7 Democracy on the Home front African Americans-most supported the war effort and the NAACP encouraged people to serve in the militaryWEB Du Bois wrote, “Let us, while this war lasts, forget our special grievances and close our ranks shoulder to shoulder with our own white fellow citizens and the allied nations that are fighting for democracy.GREAT MIGRATION- Mass movement of African Americans to the North.Chicago, Ney York City, Cleveland saw an explosion of black residentsRace Riots broke out in 1919 nicknamed “red summer”St.Louis factory owner brought in black workers to break up a strike and a riot broke out causing 30 Africans to die and 9 whites
9 Immigrants Immigrants faced Americanization Most immigrants supported the warAmerican Protective League-self appointed patriot group that targeted immigrants for being disloyalGerman Americans were often attacked and targeted
10 Fear takes overEspionage Act (1917)- “spying”- made it a crime to try and interfere with the military draft and set penalties for spying, sabotage, and “obstruction of the war effort.Sedition Act (1918)- made it a crime to say anything that was disloyal, profane, or abusive about the government
11 Speaking Out Against the War Wobblies- members of the Industrial Workers of the World spoke out against the war.165 arrested, 1 hung, viewed as disloyalSchenck v. United States- Espionage Act, Charles Schenck, a socialists, was charged with distributing leaflets to recent draftees, urging them to resist the military draft.Schenck’s lawyer stated he had a right to free speechUnanimous decision- Schenck’s publications created a clear and present danger to a nation engaged in war.
12 Defining Free Speech All speeches that are protected by our freedoms Pure Speech (spoken word)Speech-plus (speech plus action)Symbolic Speech (Conduct that conveys a message without word)United States v. O’Brien- 1960’s Vietnam anti war activist David Paul O’Brian burnt his draft card and was punished by lawTexas v. Johnson George Lee Johnson protested the Reagan administration by setting an American Flag on Fire. He was protected by symbolic speech but Congress then passed the Flag Protection Act of 1989 which made it illegal to burn or mutilate an American Flag.The Flag protection Act was declared unconstitutional after supreme court case United States v. Eichman.
13 Treaty of Versailles: To Ratify or Reject Should the u.s. have ratified or rejected the treaty of versialles?
14 Wilson’s vision for World Peace Fourteen Points-Wilson’s Blueprint for peaceEnd to Secret AlliancesFreedom of SeasEuropean reduction of Armaments (weapons)Right to Self DeterminationCreation of the League of Nations –an international peace keeping organization in which countries would protect territorial integrity
15 Paris Peace Conference Big Four- Wilson of US, David Loyd George of GB, Georges Clemenceau of France, and Vittorio Orlando of ItalyWar Guilt Clause- addition to the Treaty of Versailles that held Germany responsible of WWI and required them to pay reparations to the allied nations (33 billion dollars)Wilson did not agree with this Clause…Self-Determination- Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all gained independenceGermany was given to France, Poland, Demark, and Belgium and Italy gained Austrian Territory. Conflict??The TREATY OF VERSAILLES WAS SIGNED June 18th, 1919 by the BIG FOUR
16 Wilson brings the Treaty home to ratify… Wilson needed 2/3 vote to ratify the treaty and Republicans were hesitantReservationists- Republican senators who agreed to approve the treaty only if changes were made in response to their concernsIrreconcilables-Republican Senators who strongly opposed the Treaty of Versailles (1 of 16)Internationalists- Democratic senators who strongly supported the Treaty of Versailles
17 A Divided Senate fails the Treaty Partisanship (rivalry)- defeats the treatyMany irreconcilables felt the treaty would drag us into world affairs (the League of Nations) some Democrats turned on Wilson and voted the treaty down.The vote fell to 7 votes short with some democrats siding with the irreconcilables and the Treaty was turned down.
18 1920 ElectionDemocratic Candidate- James Cox (Ohio) and VP Franklin Delano Roosevelt (later president for 4 terms)Republican Candidate- Warren G. HardingCox received 9.1 million votesHarding received 16.1 million votesHARDING becomes the President in 1921By 1921 the League of Nations was running without the United States as a member (whose president had created it)Could WWII have been avoided if the US joined the League of Nations?