We Know We Belong to the Land - A Hundred Years of Oklahoma and the Congress
World War I and the Roaring Twenties (part 2)
National concerns about loyalty were reflected locally. The “Green Corn Rebellion,” a brief skirmish in the Canadian River valley, was the outcome of poor farmers’ opposition to enforcement of the war and the draft.  Socialists’ involvement in the rebellion earned them accusations of disloyalty and split their coalition with Republicans.  Democrats thus maintained a continued, if tenuous, hold on statewide office.
The war and its political aftermath—the collapse of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points and the Senate's rejection of the League of Nations—produced a reaction among Americans. Growing cynicism and materialism, plus revulsion against the war, helped create the "Roaring Twenties" in culture and passivity in government. The "return to normalcy" campaign of Warren G. Harding and the "business of America is business" administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover symbolized the popular view of government.
1918 calendar fron Enlisted Men's Bible and Prayer League
"Smash the Line!" World War I poster from the Commission on Training Camp Activities
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