Even after the official end of World War I or the Great War, its far-reaching effects resounded in the world for decades in the forms of changing politics, economics and public opinion. In other words, the war accelerated the process of change. The United States was the world’s dominant economic power in the 1920’s, changed by the Great War from a debtor to a creditor nation. The loans the United States had made to its allies during the war troubled the nation’s relations with Europe throughout the decade. The many effects of World War I on the American soldiers who fought overseas and on the civilian population in the United States were evident.
On the home front, honest and law-abiding citizens were being terrorized and outraged in their rights by those sworn to uphold the laws and protect the rights of the people. People were unlawfully arrested, thrown into jail, and held incommunicado for days, only to be eventually discharged because the had not committed any sort of crime. Also, private residences were being invaded, loyal citizens of undoubted integrity and honesty were arrested, cross-examined, and the most sacred constitutional rights guaranteed to every American citizen were being violated. It seemed to those at home that the purpose of those that conducted this campaign was to throw the country into a state of terror, coerce public opinion, and suppress discussion of the great issues involved in the war. A feeling of disillusionment spread across the world as people bitterly decided that their governments in no way knew how to serve the best interests of the people.
Another problem people faced at home in the 1920’s was the change in prices and wages. Due to a scarcity of products, prices and wages dramatically increased. Farm product prices, food prices, clothing prices, fuel/lighting prices, house furnishing good prices, and weekly wages all went up. However, the rate of wages was still considerably lower than the rate of prices. From...
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