The Impact of World War I:
American society, European Society, and European Politics
After World War I, America went under many social changes that sculpted American society today. There were both short-term and long-term social effects of World War I. Short-term effects were peace between countries, the decrease of population, and riots. World War I ended in November 1918 and it was said to be “the war to end all wars.” This meant that peace would last between each country for very long. This idea of everlasting peace ended when World War II began only twenty years later. Also population decrease was only a problem for a short time. During World War I, many lives were lost in the war but even more lives were lost because of the influenza epidemic. But only a short period after the war the American population booms back up from the 1920s to the 1930s. Riots only lasted a short period of time but many people died or were seriously injured. These riots were caused mainly by the loss of jobs. When soldiers returned home they were given their jobs back. As a result the people, who filled in for the soldiers, were left without jobs. Long-term effects included the jazz age, and progress for women and African Americans. The jazz age not only revolutionized music from slow and dull to upbeat and interesting, but it also brought on a whole new way of how America acted. Women took on a whole new look, with shorter haircuts and even shorter clothing. People would stay out all night and dance to this brand new music. Sport stars also emerged during this time. For example, Babe Ruth became a very popular baseball icon. Finally, one of the most well known products of the jazz age today is Hollywood. One other long-term effect was the progress for women and African Americans. As mentioned before, women were now able to express themselves more freely by looking and dressing more comfortably. They were also given a voice with the passing of the...
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