Effects of the War's End

Unrest in the United States

The Palmer Raids

  • Occurred between 1919 and 1920. Were led by the US Department of Justice in an attempt to arrest foreign anarchists (believed that the government was both harmful and unnecessary) , communists, and radical leftists.
  • Fueled by social unrest after World War I
  • Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer encouraged the raids in the hope that it would advance his political career
  • His plan backfired and ultimately destroyed his political career.
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Sacco and Vanzetti

  • Were Italian born anarchists who were convicted of murdering a guard and paymaster during an armed robbery of a shoe factory in Braintree, Massachusetts during 1920.
  • Arguments brought against them were mostly disproven but because they were known as radicals this led the jury to indict them.
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Russian Revolution

  1. In February of 1917 and the imperial government was overthrown
  2. In October the Bolshevik's were placed into power
By 1917 the connection between the czar and the people was broken. Political corruption had occurred, but most importantly it was what happened during World War I. In World War I 11 million people were brought into the war and the Russian people became discouraged in the lost of life and injuries

Race Riots

Occurred in Chicago and lasted from July 27, 1919 to August 3rd

Due to an African American teenager drowning in Lake Michigan after violating an unofficial segregation law of Chicago's beaches and being stoned by a group of white kids.

Police refused to arrest anyone and the his death sparked a riot

Total of 15 whites and 23 African Americans were killed and over 500 were injured

The Boston Police Strike

Occurred on September 9, 1919 when Boston police officers went on strike. They wanted recognition for their trade union and improvements in wages and working conditions
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Seattle General Strike

Seattle General Strike 1919