The past one hundred years have been very interesting in the United
States. The United States has advanced quicker and more progressive than
any other country. It wasnt an easy journey though. Society in the
beginning was harsh and uncomprimising. The zeitgeist at times was very
bleak and sorrowful, but overcoming hard times is what the United States
is best at. The following pages will describe how major events in our history
shaped our society today and how we live.
After World War I, unemployment and inflation sky rocketed. The
Army discharged six hundred thousand soldiers still in training camps and
Navy brought AEF soldiers home from France. The soldiers were hustled
back into civilian life. This now created thousands of men with families
jobless. Women who did have jobs while the men were off fighting, lost their
jobs to returning soldiers. The cost of goods such as food and clothing
more than doubled over prewar rates. African Americans thought that their
contribution to fighting and home fronts would get them better treatment.
They soon found out that nobody was too eager to offer them that. Race
riots erupted in twenty six towns.
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