Psychological dislocation, an aftermath of the war, together with the breakdown in law induced by Prohibition, brought violence to America—gang shootings and killings in the Twenties. A society conditioned to killing in wartime did not adjust easily to peaceful existence. This did not seem strange to me. We are taught the sanctity of life and the need to preserve it and overnight it becomes our patriotic duty to kill. And when peace is restored again, overnight we are expected to return to the values we had before the war started. This was too much of an adjustment for many.
In 1922 travelers were afraid to bring their children to New York because of these conditions, and the city’s hotels suffered in patronage as a result. ...