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The Effects of Change on the USA during World War One.

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The Effects of Change on the USA during World War One Danielle Atlas The USA was reluctant to become involved in the First World War. Throughout the 10th and early 20th centuries, the USA held an official isolationist policy with regards to European politics. In 1914, when the war started, the US refused to become directly involved, instead choosing to trade with Europe. In 1917, the United States joined the Allied Forces and become very involved in the war, sending four million soldiers to Europe to fight. The war brought about a number of changes - social, political and economic. Before the USA actually became involved in the war, there had to be a change in attitude towards the war, which was created by the changes in the CPI and the American government. During the war, economic changes and increases in production meant changes in the way of life of the US citizens, as well as more power for the US government in trade. ...read more.

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Besides women, another minority group was given more status, albeit very insignificant. African-Americans were needed to contribute to the war effort, and although the majority did not fight (instead working to produce goods, or helping the cause in other ways), there were a vast number who were on the front lines. These African-Americans had limited status in the army, and were only allowed to be a high ranking position for an African-American unit. The economic changes relating to the US propaganda (a political change) wee also significant. The US became completely involved in World War One, taking up a state of "total war". This also involved a focus in the industry on producing goods for the war effort, for example, bombs or shells. This was an economic change that resulted after the change in political stances on the war. Effectively, little did change socially for the African-Americans, except for the fact that they too were utilised during the war. ...read more.

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As a result of this, women were empowered through the workforce. However, when four million males returned from the battlefields, they needed jobs. Even though many women were fired from their jobs to make way for the men, returning soldiers were very fortunate to find a job, and many were unemployed. As prices had doubled from 1914 to 1919 but wages had remained the same, many problems resulting from these economic changes were apparent. A wave of violent strikes occurred as the result of this economic change. Furthermore, industries that had previously been utilised for rapid production of war-related produce were now not in high demand, and as the USA's economic strength at the time was based around these war goods, the USA' economy had to change. This economic change was the result of the economic change that prompted the US economy to produce more and more war goods. The USA changed socially, economically and politically during World War One. These changes prompted other changes to take place, and other consequences to occur, before, during and after the war. ...read more.

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