Anti-War U.S. under Woodrow Wilson – neutral Americans strongly anti-war
U.S. Benefits While Europe was at war, U.S. filled trade markets, developed new technology, grew stronger
Submarine Warfare 1915 – German U-Boat sunk the Lusitania (British passenger liner) 128 Americans killed; outraged 1917 – German “unrestricted submarine warfare” U.S. prepared for war
Zimmerman Telegram Intercepted a telegram from Germany to Mexico Suggested Mexico attack U.S. (would get old territory back) Outraged Americans
Effect of U.S. Involvement April, 1917 U.S. declared war on Germany Wilson – Make the world “safe for democracy” Huge morale boost for Allies U.S. soldiers showed great bravery but many were unprepared High casualties
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