its subject (ranging from political and religious matters to those of obscenity), during the war it became a widespread, national campaign focused on the issue of loyalty. 58 While this reflected the insecurity of a nation of immigrants, it was also a response to the disruption and change brought by the war itself; in the words of historian Charles Hirschfeld, the violence of the reaction was "an indication of the extent and intensity of the wartime departure from traditionial American norms." To some degree, the CPI and other agencies concerned with shaping public opinion were only part of a much greater change which affected American society—a "process of change that was destroying the old order, its ideals and values." 59
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Publication information: Book title: From Progressivism to Prosperity:World War I and American Society. Contributors: Neil A. Wynn - Author. Publisher: Holmes & Meier. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1986. Page number: 61.
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