Great War and Jazz Age (1914-1928)
affairs (relationships with other countries) took up a great deal of
President Woodrow Wilson's attention. In Europe, there was the outbreak
of World War I, also known as the Great War, in 1914, and in Mexico,
there was the Mexican Revolution.
Although at first Americans did not want to get
involved, they supported the Allies in their fight against the Central
Powers. Finally, the U.S. entered the war in 1917. The war concluded in
1918 and the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. The Allied Powers
of the U.S., Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Russia, France, Belgium,
Serbia and Montenegro had been victorious.
Back at home, young people were tired of the war.
Women exercised their newly found freedom (having won the right to vote
in 1920) and many whites took up an interest in African American
culture. Harlem nightclubs thrived, spotlighting numerous artists such
as jazz musicians Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
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