In 1914, the assassination of a national leader in Europe threw that continent into all-out war involving almost all of its nations. Since European nations controlled colonies throughout the world.

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North Carolinians and the World War

For the first time in American history, North Carolina exerted its influence over the United States. Woodrow Wilson, who had been born in Virginia and spent much of his youth in Wilmington, was president.

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The economics of war

The tobacco industry in the greatly profited from the stresses of the war. More factories were needed across the nation to make weapons and other military materials.

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The Home Front during the World War

Once again, support for the war varied in North Carolina depending upon where one lived. Folks in the countryside were generally patriotic, but they were less likely to share their meager savings by investingating in war bonds.

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Effects of the war

The germans surrendered in November 1918. After the armistice (as the end of the war was called), many North Carolinians took almost a year to get home. Both black and white soldiers were together in the parade, but if a meal was served afterward, progressive society called for segregated tables.

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