America Adjust to Peace

Kelisha Trice and Maiah Hambrick

Section 1: America Adjusts to Peace

World War 1 caused many changes in America and throughout the World. Specifically,: in economics, social, political, and cultural. Causing important and sometimes painful adjustments.

Section 2: Flu Epidemic Grips the Nation

What we now know as a common curable sickness, the flu back then was the most deadliest disease of its time. From 1918-1919, the flu started in America then spread throughout the world. It killed millions worldwide, 550,000 Americans ranging from men and women in their twenties and thirties and killed 50K soldiers.

Section 3: Women and African Americans Confront New Realities

Women and African Americans both had advancements during the war. After the war, women lost their jobs and were forced to give it to veterans. African Americans were victims of hate crimes which caused race riots on both sides.

African Americans wanted to protect their own kind from lynching and drownings. Whites just disliked African Americans and even burned down 35 city blocks in an African American neighborhood.

Section 4: Inflation Leads to Labor Unrest

The rising of prices during the war was controlled. After the war, Americans rushed to buy consumer goods instead of war bonds. The demand of American goods caused inflation. During the war, inflation on agricultural products occurred due to Hoover's policy. This caused farmers to experience a hard time

Industrial workers also experienced inflation because their wages didn't buy as much food as it did during the war. 20% of the workforce went on strike. They demanded rewards war patriotism, higher wages, and shorter workdays. They didn't receive all their demands but they lost more than they won. Even the police force went on strike at one time in Boston. Most violent strikes were blamed on radical leaders by pro management press.


Relates to Why It Matters because the United States feared losing their powerful economic role in the World which caused Americans strike for better work conditions and demands for a better economy. The strikes paired with revolutionary activities caused The Red Scare.