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Woodrow Wilson uses falsities and exaggerated claims to bring the US into World War I


Sykes-Picot agreement divvies up the Middle East by British and French dictates


Balfour Declaration establishes Britain's intent to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine
Russian Revolution begins



Treaty of Versailles

1919 - 1920

Palmer purge of US Communists


"First they came for the communists, but I was not a communist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the socialists and the trade unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me." -- Martin Niemuller, Protestant pastor in Nazi Germany

Western oil companies exert their control over the Middle East; Iraq created
American women win the right to vote