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Only Yesterday Frederick Lewis Allens book Only Yesterday is an informal look at life in the 1920s The book begins with a prelude that details the lives of a young married couple The book then proceeds to tell the events that occurred during the 1920s beginning with the signing of the armistice and ending with the stock market crash of 1929 Woodrow Wilson was the president at the end of WWI He had the great honor of informing the American public that the armistice was signed on November 11 1918 When the news reached the people they literally poured into the streets in celebration Four days before a false report was released that the armistice had been signed and America erupted into mass hysteria throwing parties and parades It was debatable if the happy chaos would be repeated when the news of the actual signing was released But that question was soon answered because with the news came a celebration that topped the one previously held People ran into the streets shouting the Kaiser is dead Joyously America celebrated her triumphant defeat over the dreaded Kaiser Soon the excitement of the signing died down and people began to face the realities that followed a post war nation Troops were still marching into Germany and there was still a casualty list that added new names each day America faced other problems Workers began to form Unions in order to gain more wages and benefits One of the most notable strikes was the one by the Boston Police Department The Police force went on strike and Boston went virtually unprotected The criminals saw their opportunity and began to riot and loot The National Guard had to be called in to regain order It took several weeks for any semblance of order to return Consequently the police who were striking were fired and eventually replaced Another problem for
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