Demobilization and Its Difficult Aftermath

Critical Thinking Questions

Why was preparation crucial to ensuring U.S. victory in World War I?

Why was the peace process at the war’s end so lengthy? What complications did Wilson encounter in his attempts to promote the process and realize his postwar vision?

What changes did the war bring to the everyday lives of Americans? How lasting were these changes?

What role did propaganda play in World War I? How might the absence of propaganda have changed the circumstances or the outcome of the war?

What new opportunities did the war present for women and African Americans? What limitations did these groups continue to face in spite of these opportunities?