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America in World War I - Chapter Summary
This chapter is filled with a variety of entertaining lessons you can access at your leisure to make studying America in World War I simple. Review the lessons as short videos that average 8 minutes each or scroll down to access transcripts and examine the causes of WWI, life in the U.S. during the war and more. Use multiple-choice quizzes to check your comprehension of key lesson concepts, or take our chapter exam to get a broader review of America in WWI. Our Dashboard keeps track of your progress and enables you to submit lesson topic questions to our experts. Upon completion of this chapter, you will have the knowledge to:
- Share factors that led to World War I
- Explain the United States' official position and intervention in WWI
- Describe how WWI changed after America's entry
- Detail the impact involvement in World War I had on life in the United States
- Provide a description of racial tension during and after WWI
- Define and summarize the Espionage Act of 1917
- Discuss the end of WWI and the Peace of Paris
- Explain why inflation and strikes occurred after WWI
- Summarize and share causes of the Red Scare of the 1920s
1. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War
Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.
2. Primary Source: The Daily Star's Report on the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
The assassination of the Austro-Hungarian leader, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was the catalyst for World War I. Read about the report on the assassination and the response it generated in the international community in this lesson.
3. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention
The United States' best option was to stay out of World War I. They had nothing to gain from getting involved. So, they tried to stay neutral, but as American interests started to lean toward the Allied Powers, many events happened to give the States the final push to enter the war.
4. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry
As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.
5. Life in the United States During World War I
While the exploits of the American Expeditionary Force under General Pershing may receive more attention, the real effects of World War I for the United States were felt much closer to home.
6. Racial Tension During & After World War I
While the Civil War may have introduced the United States to a new type of racial tension, it was World War I in which these tensions became fully exposed. This lesson tells how a country that fought for freedom ended up giving birth, again, to the KKK.
7. Espionage Act of 1917: Definition & Summary
As America entered World War I, the Espionage Act of 1917 empowered the government to crush dissent and imprison outspoken pacifists. Learn about this act and test yourself with a quiz.
8. The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I
In this lesson, we will learn about the end of World War I and the Peace of Paris. We will learn what events transpired to bring about the end of the war and what provisions were laid forth in the Treaty of Versailles.
9. Inflation & Strikes After World War I
After returning from the war overseas, many Americans found higher prices and lower paying jobs. As a result, a number of strikes took place in 1919 that caused America to ask tough questions about the relationship of management and labor.
10. The Red Scare of the 1920s: Definition, Summary & Causes
The Red Scare of the early 1920s would not be the last. During this time, post-WWI America felt vulnerable and turned its fear on a perceived leftist or 'Red' threat. This lesson will help you to develop an understanding of the Red Scare of the 1920s.
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Other chapters within the History 309: War & American Society course
- Introduction to War & American Society
- War & the American Colonies
- The American Revolutionary War
- America & the War of 1812
- American Conflicts & Wars Between 1820-1860
- The American Civil War Overview
- America & the Indian Wars
- America, War & Imperialism in the 1890s
- America in World War II
- America & the Cold War
- U.S. Conflicts & Wars Post-Cold War
- American Conflicts & Wars in the 21st Century
- Required Assignments for History 309