What were the key issues of the 1920 Presidential election?

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There were a few important issues in the 1920 presidential election. One issue dealt with whether the United States should join the League of Nations. The United States had rejected the Versailles Treaty mainly because of the League of Nations. There was concern the charter of the League of Nations would drag the United States into wars we didn’t want to fight. However, the question still lingered about joining the League of Nations.

Another issue in the election was about what role the United States should play in dealing with issues at home and abroad. Since the early 1900s, we were trying to correct issues within our country through the actions of the Progressive Movement. Then we joined World War I to try to make the world a better place. Harding sensed people were tiring of this active role and called for a return to a more normal role. He suggested we shouldn’t always be trying to correct problems at home or abroad. He slogan of “a return to normalcy” was well received, and he won the election.

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