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Jazzed, Boozed, and Busted Flat

(1918-1929)

In This Chapter

Wilsons Fourteen Points

Rejection of the League of Nations

The Lost Generation and the Roaring Twenties

Womens right to vote and advancement of African-Americans

Prohibition and the birth of organized crime

Crash of the stock market


The United States had entered World War I late, but in time for the American Expeditionary Force to suffer a ghastly 10 percent casualty rateeven higher if deaths from the influenza epidemic are included. President Wilson was determined that these deaths in a foreign war would not be in vain. He had told the American people that the Great War was a war to end all war, and he meant it. On January 8, 1918, almost a year before the war ended, Wilson announced to Congress Fourteen Points, which he called the only possible program for peace. After a complex of treaty obligations had escalated an obscure Balkan conflict into a worldwide conflagration, Wilsons dream was that his Fourteen Points would create a single international alliance, making armed conflict among nations impossible. The alliance would be called the League of Nations.


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