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Tttafter A Long Period Of Agitation

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Red Scare
A phenomenon known as the Red Scare took place in the United States during World War I and some years afterward. Anger and fear among many in the American population that dissidents and subversives were sabotaging the war effort led to repression and arrests of suspected threats against American society. Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1918, making it illegal to impede the war effort by encouraging draft resistance. Leftist radicals were emboldened by the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and were eager to respond to Lenin's call for world socialism.

The United States was in turmoil throughout 1919. The huge number of returning veterans could not find work, something the ...view middle of the document...

In fact, many did not remain "down on the farm"; there was a great migration of youth from farms to nearby towns and smaller cities. The average distance moved was only 10 miles (16 km). Few went to the cities over 100,000. However, agriculture became increasingly mechanized with widespread use of the tractor, other heavy equipment, and superior techniques disseminated through County Agents, who were employed by state agricultural colleges and funded by the Federal government.

In 1919, Woodrow Wilson campaigned for the U.S. to join the new League of Nations, which he had been instrumental in creating, but he rejected the Republican compromise on the issue and it was impossible to gain a 2/3 majority. During the summer and fall, he embarked on a grueling cross-country tour to promote the League, which was a terrible strain on his health. On October 2, Wilson collapsed of a massive stroke in the White House, leaving him blind in one eye and partially paralyzed. He recovered somewhat, but was never the same again. Congress rejected entry into the League, reflecting the generally isolationist sentiment in America.

World War I left Germany in a state of turmoil with no war reparations payments flowing to the Allies. The U.S. effectively orchestrated...

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