Effects of WWI

Contributor: Sarah Lerdal. Lesson ID: 11055

WWI not only changed the face of Europe; it changed American society. Minorities found new hope and challenges after the war in ways that still affect us today. Create your own podcast about a group!


United States

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Throughout WWI, African American men were encouraged to fight in the war. The image below shows some of the soldiers in the 369th Regiment who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. Take a look at this movie poster for "Our Colored Fighters" (NY Daily News), a 1915 documentary used as a rallying call for African Americans to join the military.

369th Regiment 1919

Image by an unknown photographer, via Wikimedia Commons, is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person's official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.

Imagine for a moment you are fighting a war for the country you love, putting your life and health on the line. When you come home victorious, you hope you have returned to a more democratic country, one that is more equal for all citizens. What do you think — did African Americans return home to a more welcoming America?

Take a moment to think about the question from the beginning of the lesson with your teacher.

More than 350,000 African American males fought in segregated units during WWI. Although they returned home hopeful, you will learn that they continued to face prejudice and discrimination.

It's time to create a large web to organize the new information you will find in the sources that follow.

  • Start by drawing a circle in the center of your paper and writing in the center "Effects of WWI."
  • Next, read and view several resources.

Each time a new effect is mentioned, write it in a smaller circle and draw a line from the center of your web to connect the larger and smaller circles.

Add any important or interesting details in a smaller circle that connects to the effect.

  • Within your research findings, what information did you find to be the most surprising?
  • What effect do you think created the greatest overall change in the United States?

Continue on to the Got It? section to examine some major changes in society.

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