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Chapter 30 The War to End War 1917-1918. US and War Unrestricted submarine warfare Zimmermann Telegram March 1, 1917 4 US merchant ships sunk- March 1917.

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1 Chapter 30 The War to End War 1917-1918

2 US and War Unrestricted submarine warfare Zimmermann Telegram March 1, 1917 4 US merchant ships sunk- March 1917 Russian Revolution= all democracies “entangling alliances,” money made as a neutral country “The world must be made safe for democracy”- war declared April 6, 1917




6 Fourteen Points January 8, 1918: Wilson delivered 14 Points Address  postwar plan, based on progressivism, just peace for all –A–Abolish secret treaties –f–freedom of the seas –r–remove economic barriers for all nations –r–reduce armaments –a–adjust colonial claims to be fair to natives too –s–self determination –i–international peace keeping organization

7 Propaganda Committee on Public Information aka Creel Committee 150,000 workers, 75,000 “4 minute men” Posters, pamphlets, booklets, music, movies= anti-German rhetoric Promoted mobilization and war effort cooperation

8 Anti-German Propaganda The government relied extensively on emotional appeals and hate propaganda to rally support for the First World War, which most Americans regarded as a distant “European” affair. This poster used gendered imagery to evoke the brutal German violation of Belgian neutrality in August 1914.

9 Patriotic Persuasion Worried about the public’s enthusiasm for the war, the government employed all the arts of psychology and propaganda to sustain the martial spirit. The prewar song “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” was changed to “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Slacker,” which in turn inspired the cruel parody “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Sausage.”

10 Liberty hound


12 Restriction of Civil Rights 8 million German-Americans= fear of spies Cultural holdovers disallowed Espionage Act 1917 ($10,000 fine and 20 years in prison) Sedition Act 1918- “subversive activity” 1,900 prosecuted including Eugene V. Debs 1 st amendment?  Schenck vs. US 1919 upheld restrictions= “clear and present danger”

13 Labor in WWI “Labor will win the war” The National War Labor Board with Taft AFL and Gompers= “no strike pledge” because of government’s concessions Membership= 2x at end of war, 20% pay increase but inflation= higher prices Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies)

14 Labor in WWI The Great Steel Strike of 1919  racial violence East St. Louis Riot 1917 Chicago Race Riot 1919

15 Suffrage Women= take over men’s jobs National Woman’s Party (Alice Paul- pacifists) National American Woman’s Suffrage Association Wilson endorsed suffrage amendment but met by resistance in Senate  women’s movement 19 th amendment ratified August 1920

16 War Economy Food Administration headed by Herbert Hoover Voluntary compliance, propaganda (Hooverizing)  Wheatless Wednesdays, Meatless Tuesdays, Victory Gardens 18 th amendment passed 1919 (prohibition) Liberty Loans bought through propaganda and parades= $21 billion Rest of money achieved through taxes

17 Mobilization Original plan= US navy, but by April 1917 needed US troops Conscription bill 337,000 draft dodgers, 4,000 conscientious objectors 4 million person army within 4 months, women and blacks allowed to serve Poor training for doughboys before shipping out

18 America in the War Germans moved toward Paris Ferdinand Foch May 1918: US soldiers arrive to reinforce Battle of Chateau Thierry, Second Battle of the Marne US General John Pershing Battle of St. Mihiel Muese-Argonne- September 26-November 11, 1918

19 Major U.S. Operations in France, 1918 One doughboy recorded in his diary his baptism of fire at St. Mihiel: “Hiked through dark woods. No lights allowed, guided by holding on the pack of the man ahead. Stumbled through underbrush for about half mile into an open field where we waited in soaking rain until about 10:00 P.M. We then started on our hike to the St. Mihiel front, arriving on the crest of a hill at 1:00 A.M. I saw a sight which I shall never forget. It was the zero hour and in one instant the entire front as far as the eye could reach in either direction was a sheet of flame, while the heavy artillery made the earth quake.”

20 Gassed, by John Singer Sargent The noted artist captures the horror of trench warfare in World War I. The enemy was often distant and unseen, and death came impersonally from gas or artillery fire. American troops, entering the line only in the war’s final days, were only briefly exposed to this kind of brutal fighting.

21 Armistice Kaiser forced to abdicate Armistice Day- November 11, 1918 US contributions

22 Approximate Comparative Losses in World War I

23 German “Repentance,” 1918 A prophetic reflection of the view that the failure to smash Germany completely would lead to another world war.

24 Paris Peace Conference Big Four met in Paris- threat of communism Wilson wanted to focus on Fourteen Points- League of Nations Colonies?  mandates of L of N Make-up of League: Assembly, Council, World Court, Secretariat

25 Wilson in Dover, England, 1919

26 Lloyd George, Orlando, Clemenceau, and Wilson

27 Opposition at Home Irreconcilables- Henry Cabot Lodge, William Borah, Hiram Johnson –Violates Monroe Doctrine, Constitution! –Wanted isolationism Wilson needed to compromise to get Treaty passed –France wanted Saar Valley and Rhineland –Japan wanted Shandong and German islands Security Treaty with France


29 Treaty of Versailles Germany angry- didn’t follow Fourteen Points! Would be the rallying cry for Hitler Wilson felt League would fix inequalities Senator Lodge against Article X in League- 14 reservations (amendments) Wilson urged Democrats to vote treaty down (with amendments) November 1919 Public shocked, voted on 2 nd time March 1920- denied



32 Election of 1920 Wilson wanted 1920 election to be a referendum on the Treaty of Versailles Republicans: Warren G. Harding (smoke filled room) and Calvin Coolidge as VP –Platform: ambiguous toward League of Nations, “front porch campaign” –Wanted a “return to normalcy” Democrats: James M. Cox and FDR as VP –Platform: strong support for League of Nations 404 EV for Harding, 127 for Cox= death to League of Nations


34 WWI part II? End of WWI set in motion WWII US didn’t join League (suppose to be a major component)  isolationism Senate didn’t ratify Security Treaty with France (began rearming) Massive $ for reparations= depression! Stripped Germany of land (Hitler’s lebensraum)

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