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Chapter 14: War is The Health of the state

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Transcript of Chapter 14: War is The Health of the state

In Chapter 14, Zinn discusses how War does not benefit humanity as a whole, however benefit's only the goverment and upper class.
Introduction
People
Zinn's Perspective
Zinn gave me a perspective of the first world war different then I learned personally because he shows reasons behind goverment actions and results which give a better understanding of history as a whole. A similrity between Zinn and my personal learnings were that the war was influential on ruining people's exultrational behaviour towards war to more seriouse and grusome, due to th 30 mil+ casualties. However, one difference I found was Zinn felt that we did not benefit from the war as whole in humanity, however i was taught that in world war 1,we benefited ecenomicaly and politicaly from joining the war and icreased strength of American democray.
Events/Movements/Issues
The Sinking of the Lusitania
- This event caused the U.S to enter the war on the side of the allies due to a German submarine sinking their ship, killing over 100 Americans on board. This event was influential because the U.S was a major part of the war, and if it did not enter, the economy would've lost an oppertunity to flourish, slower the rate of technological and military advancements, and reduce the chance of allied victory.
Chapter 14: War is The Health of the State
Espionage Act
This movement made it illegal for Americans to speak against the war. This angered people because it showed Americans that the goverment was controlling their thoughts and their opinios, violating the 1st Amendment. This caused socialist memebrs to speak out and have the goverment be looked at in a more negative way.
The Draft
This issue was the most influential aspect to the Espionage acts. This movementcaused many revolts and people to speak out against the war which led to congress passing the Espionge acts to cease negative talk of the war. This movement as well led to soldier mutiny to attempt and stop goverment control over American lives
Woodrow Wilson is a mover/shaker due to his invlovment in the U.S as president during WW1. He entered U.S in the war, boosted economic issues in time of recession, and one of the main creators of the League of Nations. His role in the League of nations were to promote post war piece and cease loseing sides of the war from evolting and causing more issues. He was a main cause of post-war peace and ecenomic stabalizer in the U.S.
Eugene Debs
Eugine Debbs is another mover and shaker due to his unifying leadership in American history when many were opposed to joining the first world war. He was a socialis who, at the time of the war, spoke out against the war to imprisioned socialist, whch was illegal to do at the time. Another important trait he had n order to be a mover/shaker was his bravry and courage to speak out against goverment decisions to defend the 1st Amendment and give a voice to the people.
Ch. 14 Summary
Woodrow Wilson
Some of the Main purposes of the chapter were to show the U.S was mainly in the war to benefit ecenomically and attack socialism. The main benefiters of the war were the upper class. For example the steel industry made over $348 million in one year while the workers were getting paid miimum wage working in factories. It was as well to show American power over the people in order to maintain a stable goverment by showing some revolts and certain kinds of resistance are intolerable.
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