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War On The Home Front

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War On The Home Front

  1. 1. War on the Home Front Once the government decided it was in the nation’s best interest to enter the war, massive change had to take place very rapidly in the United States.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Mobilization of the American economy and of the American public opinion was as important as the armed clashes taking place in Europe. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Elements important in mobilizing the American people to fight World War I. Converted factories to war production Ran railroads as single industry Took advantage of new job opportunities, supported war effort, and made some economic gains Took advantage of new job opportunities, supported war effort, and made some economic gains Supervised efforts to reduce food consumption Raised money to fight war War Industries Board Railroad Administration Women African Americans Food Administration Liberty Bonds
  4. 4. “ sold” the war to American public through propaganda Silenced opposition to war; led to repression of civil liberties; persecution of German Americans Wilson’s plan for peace and justice following war; showed Americans what they were fighting for Committee for Pubic Information Espionage and Sedition Act Fourteen Points

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