Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I
"After months of case study and with the intimate knowledge of the situation, the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America is forced to the conviction that if further time is lost in planning to centralize the control of the industrial energy and the material resources of the country, serious disaster is inevitable." R. Goodwyn Rhett, President of the Chamber of Commerce in a memo to President Wilson on November 15, 1917.
Once the U.S. entered World War I, complete homefront economic mobilization was necessary. This mobilization brought an increase in government regulation of industry. The documents in this section will help students understand the issues and results of a wartime economy.
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