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Two Separate Events in American History

228). Opposing this view, working class people who felt victimized by the system, and social activists viewed the Winnipeg General Strike as a clash between "plutocratic greed and oppression," on the one hand, and "the rights of man," on the other hand (Allen, 1961, p. 228). Half the American population feared that a Winnipegtype general strike would occur in the United States, while about onetenth of the population feared that it would not (Draper, 1960).

Economic and social pressures pent up by the war were now being released into American society. The

. . example of the Russian Revolution, the brave new worlds and peaceful utopias of wartime oratory and idealism, had bred in many . . . an unquestioning belief that peace would bring a different and far better (country) in which government would do vastly more for them than it had ever done before (Creighton, 1970, p. 158).

In the postwar period, ordinary Americans wanted an end to privations, unequal sacrifice, and grossly contrasting benefits of prosperity (Caute, 1978). These demands were strongest among the working classes. Among the demands being made were those for a right to collective bargaining, improved wages for all Americans, and an end to the grossest examples of social privilege. These demands were met by an unparalleledferocity of opposition by the socialbusinessgovernment elite (Bennett, 1988). Major employers and government invoked the Red Scare bogeyman, in attempts to deflect public support from the labour movement (Thompson and Seager, 1985). The real goals of the major employers and government, however, were to crush the union movement, and preserve elitist political control.

Between 1900 and 1920, 14.5 million immigrants came to the United States. Most of these people settled in northern cities. The resentment of white northerners against these immigrants, their religions, and their mores created a fertile ground for nativist movements. M...

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