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World War I was a turning point in history for many nations Never before had so many countries become involved in warfare The United States had tried to stay out of the affair and was successful for a long time However it was inevitable that a world leader with worldwide interest become involved It was democracy that kept them out of the war and it was democracy that got them in to the war This democracy was not without its faults While the citizens of America felt that they should not become involved in war the leaders of this democracy knew that it was necessary When the United States became involved in the war it became a test to see if a democracy could fight war without resorting to undemocratic means One inherent quality of democracy is free enterprise Entrepreneurs have the ability to start with very little materialistically and through hard work and determination can become affluent The government does very little in a democracy other than to protect the consumer from faulty products and fraud The laws of supply and demand naturally regulate the prices in a democracy However in 1917 Congress passed the Lever Act which granted Wilson authority over agricultural production and distribution It also gave him limited power to control the prices of certain scarce commodities Wilson created the Food Administration with Herbert Hoover at its head This department controlled prices to stimulate the production of wheat and pork and managed the distribution of these and other foodstuffs Another action that Wilson took under the Lever Act was fixing the price of coal high enough to encourage operators to work marginal mines This controlling of prices undermined the basic theory of free enterprise and laissez-faire The government stopped resembling a democracy and became reminiscent of a socialist government A week after war was declared Wilson created the Committee on Public Information to mobilize public campaign or in a rod
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