For God, for Country, for Home, the National League for Woman's Service

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 130 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXII AFTER THE WAR Just when the women, completely roused, showed their finest metal, and when the rest of the nation had been lifted from inconsequential drifting and aimless effort, the armistice came. Men ceased to fight. Nations began to disarm. Within a month the first of the nearly two million American troops abroad were on their way home, to take up life again where they had left off a year or more before. But they were not the same men who had gone to France. French soldiers and weary brave refugees began to find their way back to repair their homes or build anew. British soldiers, after four years of relentless fighting, returned to England and to the colonies, a greater problem to the State than they had been during those tense days when their Government was striving to feed them from a national larder that dwindled and found no new store for replenishment. For these men--American, French, British, Italian, and all the others--for the Allied nations, the enemy nations, and all the world, reconstruction was the theme. And, with the rest of the world, American women plunged into the new problem. Not for several months after the armistice did the League make any change in the work which had been carried on during the war. There were still thousands of men to patronize the canteens. The Motor Corps had its work with the wounded, and only in the following spring was the influenza epidemic completely abated. Leaves were granted more frequently now. Soldiers and sailors flocked to the Service Clubs; and for these idle, restless boys, many suffering keen disappointment because they had not gone to France, the Social and Welfare Division had a bigger and more important responsibility than ever. Ground gained by the Home Economics and Agriculture ...

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