Road To War: Lusitania Americans were warned not to go on ship. Lusitania (British passenger liner) Torpedoed in 1915 1,200 died (128 Americans). Germany pledged to stop sub-warfare.
Zimmerman Telegram (1917) 1.Mexico should attack US. 2.Germany would help Mexico defeat US. 3.Mexico would recapture land previously lost to US. Message from German Foreign Minister to Mexican Government:
Germany’s Gamble In 1917 (If they acted quickly, they could end the war) Zimmerman Telegram Germany resumed sub-warfare US declared war (1917): The gamble failed!
WWI Alliances & Major Powers (1914/17-18) Allies Great Britain France Russia Serbia Central Powers Germany Italy Austria-Hungary Turkey United States
Selective Service Act (Draft) (1917) 1.All males 18-45 became eligible. 2.Lottery system was developed. 3.1 in 5 draftees were born outside US. Sheet Music For A New Song
How To Pay For WWI Secretary of Treasury Income tax rates were raised They borrowed William McAdo
Liberty Bonds Posters Encouraged People to Buy War Bonds Actor Douglas Fairbanks at a War Bond Rally
Anti-German Hysteria (Patriotism Turned Ugly) 1.Americans began to fear all things German (food). 2.Personal attacks… 3.In Michigan: a)City of Berlin changed to Marne b)German language was abandoned in public schools 4.Prohibition of alcohol
WWI I.Intro II.WWI (1914/17-18) A.Battlefront 1.Origins-Wilson 2.US & War B.Homefront A.Big Government B.Society & Economy III.Conc. Key Terms Lusitania Zimmerman Telegram Selective Service Act William McAdo Anti-German Hysteria