Great War and Jazz Age (1914-1928)
Foreign 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
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
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