Presentation on theme: "Chapter 6, Section 1. Sec.1 – The U.S. Enters World War I Sec.2 – The U.S. Home Front Sec. 3 – The Bloody Conflict Sec. 4 - The Wars Impact."— Presentation transcript:
Chapter 6, Section 1
Sec.1 – The U.S. Enters World War I Sec.2 – The U.S. Home Front Sec. 3 – The Bloody Conflict Sec. 4 - The Wars Impact
President Wilson believed that promoting democracy around the world would make the United States more stable and prosperous. These ideals led the to U.S. involvement in the Mexican Revolution. In Europe, tensions were mounting as Arch Duke Ferdinand and his Wife were assassinated by Serbian nationalists. The system of alliances guaranteed other nations would join the conflict, and although the U.S. tried to remain neutral, they entered the war in 1917.
President Wilson wanted to remain neutral Hard for Americans - many European immigrants live in U.S. Ex – 8 mil Germans in America
British worked to win American support Used propaganda to gain support Britain went as far as to cut the Trans- Atlantic Telegraph
1. Common ancestry and language with great Britain- 2. U.S. & G.B. are both Democratic govts- 3. Strong economic ties with GB & France they owe us money – Money Lent to fight / support war – how much do we get back if they go under?
Britain began to deploy ships to block Germany from supplies Germany knew allies needed supplies from U.S. Germany wanted to cut off supply lines by deploying “Unterseeboots” (Under Sea boats) or “U-Boats”
May 7, 1915 – Germany attacked passenger ship “Lusistania” Killing 1,200 (128 American) Wilson Overlooked it March 1916 – Germany attacked French Ship “Sussex” Wilson Overlooked It – focus on Mexico
Wilson demanded Germans stop attacking Germany did not want U.S to get involved Sussex Pledge – Germany would no longer attack merchant ships Wilson Re-Elected because “He kept us out of the war”
German official Aurther Zimmerman – sent telegraph to Mexico (Jan.1917) Wanted Mexico to attack U.S. Goal - Tie up U.S. forces Promised Mexico, Texas, New Mexico & Arizona after the war
Zimmerman telegram intercepted & taken seriously Germany resumed unrestricted sub- warfare (Feb.1917) Between Feb 3 – March 21, Germany sunk 6 U.S. Merchant Ships Wilson Declared War April 12, 1917!