War On The Home Front Essay

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War on the home front was not a shaped many Canadian negatively in WWI. The Wartime Elections Act had an effect on Canadians politically. The great influenza affected Canada socially. Lastly, propaganda and victory bonds caused Canada to fall economically. Canada’s home front during WWI had a negative impact on the Canadian people politically, socially and economically.

The Wartime Elections Act proposed by Robert Borden weakened Canada politically as a country. This act that was passed in 1917 took the vote away from citizens who had emigrated from enemy countries. In addition, the act only gave army nurses and close relatives of soldiers the right to vote. In 1918, women living in ...view middle of the document...

The flu spread into homes because the soldiers were affected by it and then it was passed on to their family members. This influenza infected 2 of every 9 Canadians. It killed 1000 Canadians a day and 50 000 overall. Sick people were isolated in schools, churches, hospitals, and theatres. The Spanish Influenza came in three waves and the second wave was the deadliest of them all. During the first wave, people were bleeding from their ears, eyes and nose and there was no one to help them because everyone was infected with this flu: “Power is a way how society functions within it.” John Barry is talking about how the Spanish flu came with a lot of power and killed lots of people. This infection decreased the population and it caused a lot of havoc in the cities. Clearly, the Spanish influenza was a dangerous infection that killed many people and affected Canada socially.

Propaganda was a negative way of convincing people to change their opinions. Propaganda was designed to make people believe in certain viewpoints and to think in a certain way. Propaganda posters were created with bright colours and different pictures so that it would catch people’s attention and it would persuade men to join the army. Most of the posters stated that “If we all get together or if a country gets together, we can win.” This was the most common phrase used on propaganda posters. This was also known as the “herd” effect because everyone was doing it together. The war was becoming very expensive, so the government started selling war bonds to help pay for the war. After the war, Canadians could cash in their war bonds with interest. This way of collecting money was not a sufficient method because many people were not earning an adequate amount of money to pay for the war. Collecting victory bonds was not only a bad way of getting money but it also affected some families financially. Although propaganda was a successful way of recruiting people, it had a negative effect on many lives, many families in Canada and mostly the Canadian economy.

There are some reasons as to why war on the home front was a good act towards Canada. First off, when men were fighting overseas, women had to fill the gap in factories. Before the war, women could only work at “unskilled” positions, but once the war started; women took over the “skilled” jobs. Women working in the factories had many tasks to take on, such as making ammunition, guns, shells and aircrafts. It was time for women to “Prove ourselves worthy of citizenship.” Secondly, the Canadian industry had an important role on...

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