What is one reason the year 1919 was know as a year of savage peace in reference to American history according to Ann Hagedorn's Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919?
1919 is known as the year of "savage peace" for a number of reasons. One of the things that happened during this year was the major labor strife. Organized labor has grown tremendously and was strong during the years of World War I. Many unions were formed and recognized and the work day was lowered to an 8 hour work day instead of 12 hour. Eventually, after the end of the war, many unions began to demand more and strikes began to develop all over the country. There was a police strike in Boston as well as a strike of the steelworkers in Pennsylvania. The steel strike in Chicago tried to oganize the steel company around the time of World War I.There was also a five day strike in Seattle where 65,000 people stopped working.
My cousin, the anarchist, would say 1919 was the year of the intervention against the Bolsheviks, the evil plot to suppress freedom, supported by bankers and other war-mongering, red-baiting, worker-crushing members of the bourgeoisie; and the year of the ill judged and futile intervention in Russia."
I hope my cousin doesn't read this. When he gets on a rant, we can't stop him.
see also Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919 by Ann Hagedorn