In Compiègne, France, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918, the battles of World War One ended. Although the war itself would not end until the summer of 1919, the first bloodbath of the World Wars was over. In a train car in the forest in Compiègne, the German Empire signed an armistice, ending the Great War, or the War to End all Wars. World War One had just ended, bringing a decade of prosperity for the United States.
“[Referring to World War I:] When all the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity, since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree.”
―George Bernard Shaw
In a letter to Maxim Gorky,Dec. 1915