The United States entered WWI late causing it to not be as heavily effected by casualties as other countries but there were many other effects of the war. I would like to highlight three effects of the war which are soldiers going through shell shock, change in racial distribution, and women gaining rights.
First, many soldiers came back from the war not fully together literally and figuratively because of shell shock. Millions of veterans arrived home missing limbs, blind, deaf, or mentally broken due to being shot at with guns, chemicals, and mortars, the death of their comrades, and other experiences in the trenches. Other veterans had much shorter lives because of the effects of poison gas like chlorine which burns you inside, mustard gas which burns any moist area on your body and collects in your lungs as a yellowish substance, and other gases that incapacitated you like phosgene, and injuries due to blast, with collapsed lungs. Others came home in one piece, appearing normal, but with such serious nervous/mental conditions that they could not work, and were confined to asylums for the rest of their lives. In addition, some were known to flashback to combat zones in their normal lives. An example is when a man dove to the ground for cover when a boy rattled a stick on the fence. The veteran had thought it to be machine gun fire.
Second, minorities especially African-Americans experienced many changes. The Great Migration occurred where one million African-Americans moved north. African-Americans moved because there was a huge labor shortage. This shortage stemmed from most of the able-bodied white men being sent off to war. Also, many new products that were not needed during peace were now needed for war. African-Americans in Europe were treated better and when word spread about this to the US there were repercussions. After seeing better conditions the veterans were skeptical which ended up in 70 black vets being lynched by white folk and most were...
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