The U.S. enters World War I

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The U.S. enters World War I

The U.S. enters World War 1

President Wilson’s first response was to issue a declaration of U.S. neutrality and called upon the American people to support his policy by not taking sides. But there were a couple key things that happened to make the U.S. enter the war.

Time Line


British Naval Blockade

Germany declared the existence of a war zone around the British Isles. Any enemy shipping would be attacked. President Wilson made a warning to Germany not to harm any Americans. Germany than sank the Lusitania which killed 1200 people including 120 americans which erupted a cry for war in the US.

The US had huge economic investments with the British and French. If they were to lose, then they would not be able to pay the U.S. debt back (amounting to about two billion dollars while Germany only borrowed a mere 27 million). If the Allies could not pay back all the loans made to them by the American bankers, the US economy could collapse.

Propaganda was an important part of the war efforts in the U.S. The government needed the full backing of the people to help finance this war. And one way to do this was through propaganda. They used posters and short films to get the people to hate Germany and support the US troops.

The Zimmermann Telegram was a 1917 diplomatic proposal from the German Empire to Mexico to make war against the United States. The proposal was caught by the British before it could get to Mexico. The revelation angered the Americans and led in part to a U.S. declaration of war in April.

Germany wanted to keep the U.S. neutral so they could destroy France and Britain in a matte of months and then go help Mexico beat the U.S. and for helping Mexico would reclaim Arizona, Texas and parts of Mexico.

The aim of naval actions in World War I was to destroy the enemy’s ability to wage war by means of disrupting its commerce. A nation denied the ability to trade would lose its ability to feed and defend itself, and descend into economic chaos.


Unrestricted Submarine Warfare


Economic Links with France and Britain


Zimmerman Telegram


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