(VUS.10) Warren G. Harding – “A Return to Normalcy”

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  • Harding Takes Office (VUS.10)

    Harding Takes Office (VUS.10)
    Warren Harding’s administration envisioned America returning to the pre-war greatness. Plagued by scandals and corruption, none directly connected to Harding, America withdrew to a state of isolationism – and ushered in the decade known as “The Roaring 20’s”
  • No League of Nations – return to isolation (VUS.10a)

    No League of Nations – return to isolation (VUS.10a)
    In his address, Harding assures the nation that the US would not join the League of Nations. The Senate had already voted against the Treaty of Versailles, and this ensured America would return to isolationist tendencies for the next several decades.
  • Immigration Restriction Act (VUS.8a)

    Immigration Restriction Act (VUS.8a)
    Responding to the growing anti-immigrant sentiment, Congress passed the Immigration Restriction Act which greatly reduced the number of immigrants permitted to come to the US. Fear of anarchists and communists, overpopulation in urban centers, labor surplus and general prejudice fueled the xenophobia. This law would effectively cut off immigration for several decades. MORE
  • Tariffs go up – return to isolation (VUS.10a)

    Tariffs go up – return to isolation (VUS.10a)
    Passing the emergency tariff act of 1921, this is going to reduce trade with Europe which was reeling from the effects of the post war depression. MORE
  • Harding Appoints William H. Taft as Chief Justice to Supreme Court

    Harding Appoints William H. Taft as Chief Justice to Supreme Court
    Taft becomes the only person who served as President AND Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. “Big Bill” likely preferred this position to the presidency – MORE
  • Harding signs resolution to end War with Germany (VUS.9b)

    Harding signs resolution to end War with Germany (VUS.9b)
    The failure of the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles by the Senate, the US issued a separate peace agreement with Germany and the Central Powers that was much less punitive and did not include membership in the League of Nations. Still wearing his golf clothes, Harding signed the measure and announced the war was officially over.
  • Teapot Dome Scandal Begins

    Teapot Dome Scandal Begins
    Involving conspiracies, secret land deals and lots of money, this scandal would tarnish Harding’s administration as his cabinet and family members conspire to graft. Leading to resignation by several high ranking officials, the scandal was never linked to the President himself. MORE
  • Death in office

    Death in office
    Harding dies of complications due to pneumonia. He was on a good-will speaking tour of the West when he contracted food poisoning, then pneumonia, then collapsed due to his grueling schedule. Harding, like Ulysses Grant, is best remembered for the corruption and scandals that went on around his administration. MORE
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    Warren G. Harding Administration

    Warren Harding’s administration envisioned America returning to the pre-war greatness. Plagued by scandals and corruption, none directly connected to Harding, America withdrew to a state of isolationism – and ushered in the decade known as “The Roaring 20’s”