Ww1 Us Gov Changes

A Changed Government to Stop the Huns

Once America entered the battlefront in World War One, the federal government of the United States made many changes to the daily lives of the people. The government exercised power over the people’s daily lives, in areas such as thier rights, the work unions, the economy, and much more. The government also gave itself the right to have absolute authority to take uncustomary action during wartime.    
The first display of the power of the government increasing dramatically occurred when congress voted to allow president Woodrow Wilson direct control over the bulk of the wartime economy, including the power to fix prices on common goods, to regulate state taxes against the state government’s advisements, and the authority to regulate certain war-related industries. Wilson’s authority to regulate war-related industries was exercised not only over the obvious war-related industries, such as gun factories and automobile businesses, but also over industries such as agriculture, clothing production, even some publishing companies were taken advantage of in the name of the war effort.
Once the federal government had expanded its powers and influence over industry, it had the means to raise money. In order to raise the $35.5 billion that the United States would later spend on the war effort, the government further increased its power by implementing higher taxes. Among the raised taxes were the state merchant spending taxes, the income tax, war-profits taxes, and higher excise taxes on goods such as tobacco, liquor, and other such luxury goods. The takeover of industry, especially industry based with factories, was very systematic and orderly. Workers had changes made to their jobs very quickly, but the government did it in such a way so that the workers did not mind for a long while. Some industries were even changed in outright nature by the federal government’s hand. For instance, a bicycle factory stationed in Chicago...