Presentation on theme: "EQ: Why did the US join the war effort?. War starts in 1914 US declares it will remain neutral The US won’t join until 1917 What happened in those three."— Presentation transcript:
War starts in 1914 US declares it will remain neutral The US won’t join until 1917 What happened in those three years?
Most US citizens favored Allied Powers because of cultural similarities Language, religion, government style, history together
Even though the US declares it is neutral, businesses traded more with the Allied side than the Central Powers Central Powers see this unequal trading as the US declaring its alliance with the Allied Powers
Germany used unrestricted submarine warfare to hurt the Allied Powers Torpedo any ships that are not part of the Germany’s alliance
Passenger ship that was sunk by German U- Boat Killed 120+ American citizens on board Americans outraged because the US was still neutral It was not a military ship
Telegram from Germany to Mexico Asked Mexico to form an alliance with Germany and to attack the US US finds out about the telegram and extremely upset US declares war