When the war ended, soldiers and civilians celebrated. They danced in the streets and embraced each other. But after the celebration was over, people were left with a feeling of emptiness. Soldiers were changed forever by what they had seen. They went home, and in the words of one soldier, "We didn't know what to do."
The war brought many changes to culture and politics. In 1920, women in the United States finally won the right to vote. Women in most other Western countries also won this right following the war.
People began to rebel against "the old ways." Women wore more makeup and short dresses, and they cut their hair short. They were known as "flappers." People wanted heroes that were larger than life. Babe Ruth became the hero of baseball.