World War I service medal

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Before the war

Defense Council

Active service

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Exhibit home

Archives home

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State Archivist Seal
An exhibit by the
Oregon State Archives

Oregon at War! American soldiers marching through gas shelled French town.
After the War
Table of contents

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  Gold star
  CCC worker

Oregonians emerged from World War I both empowered and chastened. Veterans had traveled the globe, seeing new and exotic places many had only dreamed about or seen in picture books. The economy had boomed during the war providing food, ships and other needed supplies for the war. Yet, many had witnessed the senseless killing on the battlefields of Europe and were repulsed. And the economy soon flagged as war demand dropped in 1919. This section examines life in Oregon after the war and looks at some of the precursors to the next world war.

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Between world wars: Oregon's cloudy future
Welcoming the returning heroes
View The honors flow
Find work for the veterans, and quickly!
View Easing the shift to civilian life
View Another try at isolation
Oregon in the Roaring Twenties
View Oregon in the Great Depression

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About the images delta
Newspapers around the state heralded the news of peace on November 11, 1918; Communities across Oregon held gold star services to honor the war dead; The 1920s saw the cult of the automobile in full flourish; The Civilian Conservation Corps played a key role in attempting to pull Oregon out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.