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  1. Introduction.
  2. Thesis statement.
  3. Politics.
    1. The Progressive Era marked from 1895 to WWI.
    2. The precipice of war.
    3. Wilson's decision to participate in the War and Kennedy.
    4. Wilson's decision: Not born out of national interest.
  4. Economic.
    1. A great opportunity to develop factories for mass production.
    2. The Roaring Twenties as the result of the war economic strategy by the Wilson administration.
    3. AFL as a historic and key organization for changing the labor movement.
  5. Social.
    1. The labor movement.
    2. President Wilson's support of the women suffrage movement.
    3. Cathers point of view.
  6. Conclusion.
  7. References.

The First World War (WWI), the Great War that ended all wars initiated by the Allied and Associated Powers based on the opposition to the Central Powers of Austria-Hungry, Bulgaria, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire was the most destructive and by the most costly to the nations involved. What is more, the underlying causes that led to the event had no significance when the war was over. The War started in 1914 and ended in 1918. The period of four years had wrecked havoc in the lives of those participated in combat as well as those at home, leaving history scarred for generations to come? For many nations, WWI proved to be an event that changed personalities, lifestyles, societies, cultures as well as economic and politics. Though America's participation had been late yet its people faced similar fates as those of Britain, France, Germany and Canada etc. (Bourne 1997). For many historians America's participation had been motivated by the Progressive Era rather than sentiments for nationalism.

[...] By the late summer of 1914, when World War I began in Europe, the last major element of Wilson's "New Freedom" program, antitrust legislation, was nearing passage in Congress. Until that was complete, administration leaders had little interest in events outside the United States." Clearly, Wilson's decision to participate in the War was not born out of national interest but rather to strive to meet up with the domestic troubles that he could not handle earlier. The announcement of participation and the creation of interests was a ploy to detract the attention of the American people from the domestic woes to foes. [...]

[...] Social One of the most important aspects that emerged from the participation of the War had been the changing American society. Before the War, America was still relatively old fashioned as it followed the old tradition of the colonial society with majority of the workers comprising of African Americans or women and children. Most women at the end of the 19th century experienced the suffrage movement which induced them to re-think their position in society. With the men at war however, the scenario changed drastically as women were forced to work at factories along with children. [...]

[...] Woodrow Wilson and World War I. Presidential Studies Quarterly. Volume: 34. Issue: 1. Publication Year: 2004. Page Number: 62+. Leuchtenburg, William E. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932- Ballam, Deborah A. The Impact of the National Labor Relations Act on the U.S. Labor Movement. American Business Law Journal. Volume: 32. Issue: 3. Publication Year: 1995. Page Number: 447-479. Cathers, Willa. One of Ours. The Project Gutenberg eBook from: Street, Paul. The Logic and Limits of "Plant Loyalty": [...]

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