World War I greatly impacted all levels of American society. Industrial production increased, employment rose dramatically along with incomes, and cities and counties flourished. The Great Migration of African-Americans from the south to northern manufacturing cities reached its peak and when the U.S. entered the war, factories turned to women as a labor source. During this time as industry boomed, so did the economy. Under the President’s call for mobilization in 1916, State National Guard units were activated for service and state and local civilian organizations were created to carry out the activities of Federal agencies and committees.
As the war ended, and soldiers returned home, industrial production began to slow, and there was less need for workers in factories. Many women stopped working, but even so, there were not enough jobs for soldiers returning home from Europe. This rising unemployment after a time of industrial and economic prosperity planted the seeds of economic and social strife in urban and rural areas.
You will find military histories of Tulsa units, their military operations in Europe and Mexico, and lists of officers and those that died in the service. Maybe more interesting, you can find detailed information on the home front –civilian activities in support of military units raised locally, Federal, state and local governmental agencies and organizations, roles of women in the mobilization and war effort, maintenance of the economy, and efforts to protect the local population from radical and enemy propaganda .