Analysis Of World War 1 : Remembering The War To End All Wars

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“ World War 1: Remembering the War to End All Wars”

It was September 1918. The leaves were falling, it was getting darker earlier, and there was a nice breeze in the air. We were used to all kind of weather since we lived in Chicago. The Great War was underway, and many people thought this was a bad thing, but it was doing good things for my family of four.

We lived in a neighborhood next to Logan Square in Chicago. We had a small house but it had everything we needed. My mom, Dorothy Clark, was a stay at home mom because there weren't many job opportunities for women. My dad, John, worked at a nearby steel mill that was providing for the needs of the army. Then I had a little brother, Robert, who was only 2, and a big pain. Then,
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I overheard my dad saying he got drafted and was going to have to go to battle. That was the worst news we could get because my mom was unemployed which meant my dad was the only one bringing in any source of revenue. I couldn’t fall asleep that night because I was thinking of all the bad things that could happen to my dad.

The following morning Robert and I woke up to my parents crying in the kitchen. My dad was in uniform and my mom was saying her goodbyes. I ran up to my dad with Robert and we said ours. Robert was still not old enough to understand what was going on but he could probably guess by my mom’s expression. My dad walked out the door, waved goodbye, and took off. Soon my mom went out to go look for any jobs that would employ her. Jobs were scarce and many didn’t want to hire women. Finally, my mother went to my dad’s work place and begged for them to let her have his job. They gave it to her because they were in need of employees because the army was in need of supplies. She wasn’t paid as much as my father but that would soon change.

The next morning, my mom left for work, which meant I had to stay home and watch Robert. Mom got home around 5 pm. She came home jaunty as ever. We asked her why she was so happy. She said the war was growing America's economy and therefore she was getting paid more and growing in wealth. But with people growing in wealth, it brought organized crime and violence to our city of Chicago.

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