The main causes of labor unrest after World War I included poor working conditions, income inequality among workers and low wages for the workers. After the war in 1919, there were more than 3,000 strikes, which caused more than four million people to quit their jobs.
After the war, many native American workers feared that their status was eroding. Unskilled and semi-skilled workers were substituted with craft workers, thus losing their jobs. Immigrants from Europe saturated the labor market, which resulted in lower incomes. This caused Americans to agitate for restriction of immigration. Some of the popular American strikes included the coal miners strike, Boston police strike and the steel mill strike.Learn More
Germany is blamed for World War I due to the upset that the country had caused economically and politically to Europe in the late 1800s that eventually led to unrest in the Balkans. The war would have remained between the countries of Austria-Hungary and Serbia after the murder of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, but Russia and Germany both stepped in, moving it onto a larger stage.Full Answer >
After it was over, World War I was called "the war to end all wars" because it was so destructive that the nations of the world wanted to prevent such slaughter from ever happening again. This prompted prolonged negotiations over proposed solutions like the League of Nations. Unfortunately, rather than end war, the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 set the stage for World War II.Full Answer >
The majority of Americans felt that the United States should stay out of World War I because it was not a signatory to any of the agreements that had lured the European powers into conflict across the continent, so President Woodrow Wilson declared a neutrality policy, attempting instead to broker a peace agreement. Even when a German sub sank the British ocean liner Lusitania in 1915, with 128 Americans on board, the United States demanded a stop to the destruction of passenger ships, and Germany agreed, leading to continued American neutrality.Full Answer >
The United States rejected the Treaty of Versailles due to the opposition of a group of senators called the Irreconcilables, who believed that under the terms of the treaty, the United States would lose too much of its autonomy to the League of Nations. All of the Irreconcilables were enemies of President Woodrow Wilson, who originally advocated for the League of Nations and helped compose the details of the treaty.Full Answer >