The year 1919 marked several different significant events as the Prohibition Era began. This era came at the time of the U.S. Constitution's Nineteenth Amendment, the Treaty of Versailles being signed, the League of Nations leaving out the United States in its establishment, and the publishing of John Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World. Also in that year, William E. DePuy was born. This chapter illustrates the events that helped shaped DePuy's character and early activities. He was born on October 1, 1919, in North Dakota. He moved with his family to South Dakota, and it is here where he graduated from both high school and college. American interest in world politics diminished after President Woodrow Wilson's trip to Paris as well as the Great War, and it was thus difficult to determine how the thinking of those that comprised American Youth felt that they were affected. It was certain, though, that the Americans leaned towards reverting to form through avoiding entangling alliances and residing on an American continent.
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