The Homefront

The Home Front during
1917 Selective Service
24,000,000 men registered for
the draft by the end of 1918
4,800,000 men served in WWI
(2,000,000 saw active combat)
400,000 African-Americans
served in segregated units
15,000 Native-Americans served
as scouts, messengers, and
snipers in non-segregated units
Opportunities for African
Americans during WWI
1916 – 1919 
War industries work
Enlistment in
The War Industries Board told factories
what to produce and the War Labor Board
settled labor disputes
From the biography of a 'Munitionette', Miss Joan Williams
'Women working
in larger munitions
factories were
known as Canaries
because they dealt
with TNT which
caused their skin to
turn yellow.
Around 400
women died from
overexposure to
TNT during World
War One. Other
hazards were more
obvious and minor
problems were
The Role of Women in WWI
Women in the military
– Army Nursing Corps 10,000 overseas
– Navy clerical duties, radio operators
Organizing the War
Effort at Home
War Industries Board –
Bernard Baruch
Food Administration –
Herbert Hoover
Fuel Administration –
Railroad Administration –
William McAdoo
National War Labor Board –
W. H.Taft & Frank P. Walsh
Food Administration
“Wheatless Mondays”
“Meatless Tuesdays”
“Porkless Thursdays”
“V” is for Victory (Garden that
Fuel Administration
Liberty Bonds and Victory Bonds
Committee on Public Information
How far are YOU willing to go
for your country?
Espionage Act – 1917
- forbade actions that
obstructed recruitment or
efforts to promote
insubordination in the military.
- ordered the Postmaster
General to remove Leftist
materials from the mail.
- fines of up to $10,000 and/or
up to 20 years in prison.
How far are YOU willing to
go for your country?
Sedition Act – 1918
- it was a crime to speak against the
purchase of war bonds or willfully
utter, print, write or publish any
disloyal, profane, or abusive language about
this form of US Govt., the US
Constitution, or the US
armed forces or to willfully urge, incite,
or advocate any curtailment of
production of things necessary or
essential to the prosecution of the
war…with intent of such curtailment to
cripple or hinder the US in the
prosecution of the war.

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