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1 World War One America Ascendant

2 Long-term causes 1. Imperialism A. competition amongst European nations for resources, labor, markets

3 2. Nationalism Pan-Slavism Pan-Germanism Revanche (Franco-Prussian war)

4 3. Militarism: Naval race between Britain & Germany H.M.S. Dreadnought German U boats

5 Comparative Military Build Up: Russia 700, ,300,000 France 380, ,000 Germany 403, ,000 Austria-Hungary 247, ,000 Britain 302, ,000 Japan 70, ,000 U.S.A. 37, ,00 3 Britain and Germany spent most per capita: Germany $8.52 Britain $8.53 U.S.A. $0.32

6 4. Entangling Alliances

7 Immediate Cause: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand The Balkans: powder keg of Europe

8 Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary June 28, 1914 Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip (Black Hand) Austria Hungary declares war on Serbia Germany declares war on Russia & France Germany invades Belgium Britain enters war

9 The Western Front western_front/index.shtml

10 Mass Destruction: Stalemate on the Western Front Hiram Maxim

11 British Recruiting/Propaganda

12 U.S. stance: Official Neutrality Sec. of State Bryan: strict neutrality Col. Edward House Pres. Wilson Walter Hines Page U.S. Ambassador UK

13 Secretary of State W.J.Bryans objections to loans to belligerents First: Money is the worst of all contrabands because it commands everything else. Second: If we approved of a loan to France we could not, of course, object to a loan to Great Britain, Germany, Russia, or to any other country, and if loans were made to these countries, our citizens would be divided into groups, each group loaning money to the country which it favors Third: The powerful financial interests which would be connected with these loans would be tempted to use their influence through the newspapers to support the interests of the Government to which they had loaned because the value of the security would be directly affected by the result of the war.

14 British Blockade of Germany – Nov Attempt to starve Germany British mine North Sea Extension of definition of contraband Britain invades German colonies in East Africa

15 Germany Retaliates German fleet inferior to British Germany uses submarine warfare 1915 Zone of warfare around Britain –sink all merchant vessels Attempt to starve Britain Unterseebooten – U boats

16 Germans torpedo passenger ships Lusitania – British ship 4,200 cases of Remington rifle cartridges Fuses, empty shrapnel shells Britain compromised non- belligerent status of ships Britain starts to use convoys

17 U.S. economic interests: Result of Blockade a. U.S. trade with Germany and Austria (1914: $169 Million; 1916: $1 Million) b. U.S. trade with England and Allies (1914: $825 Million; 1916: $3,214 Million) c. U.S. bank loans to England and Allies (March April 1917: $2 Billion plus)




21 Zimmermann Telegram 1917 make war together, make peace together, generous financial support and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

22 America gets into the act

23 Selective Service 1917 Less than 100,000 volunteer in first weeks – 1 million needed Supervised decentralization Local draft boards 24 million men registered 23% pop 4.8 million serve

24 African American soldiers

25 War Industries Board 1915: The first military-industrial complex The challenge of mobilizing in an era of rapid industrialization Politics Military Economic interests Industrial preparedness

26 Homefront: Food Administration a. Assure the supply, distribution, and conservation of food during the war, b. Facilitate transportation of food and prevent monopolies and hoarding, and c. Maintain governmental power over foods by using voluntary agreements and a licensing system.

27 Herbert Hoover

28 "We are glad... to fight thus for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its peoples, the German peoples included... The world must be made safe for democracy. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind W. Wilson Message to Congress April 2, 1917.

29 "We are about to do the bidding of wealth's terrible mandate. By our act we will make millions of our countrymen suffer, and the consequences of it may well be that millions of our brethren must shed their life-blood, millions of broken-hearted women must weep, millions of children must suffer with cold, and millions of babes must die from hunger and all because we want to preserve the commercial right of American citizens to deliver munitions of war to belligerent nations." --George Norris (Progressive) Republican Senator from Nebraska. Speech in the U.S. Senate, April 4, 1917.

30 Paying for the war Increased corporate taxes Increased taxes on wealthy (income tax in existence since 1913)

31 Summarize U.S. entry into war Germanys use of unrestricted submarine warfare Zimmerman telegram Cultural ties to Britain Loans to Allies Propaganda

32 The Espionage Act & Alien enemies $10,000 fine, 20 years imprisonment for interfering with recruitment Could not own firearms, aircraft, wireless Could not publish an attack on U.S. govt. Could not leave without permission 14 years & older German nationality

33 Free Speech: Casualty of war - Charles Schenck Distributed materials to draftees urging them to oppose the war (compared the draft to slavery) Prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act Clear & Present Danger 6 months jail time Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

34 Another casualty of war: Eugene Debs Anti-war speeches Criticized the Espionage Act Sentenced to 10 years jail Ran for presidency 1920 from jail (915,000 votes) Pardoned by Harding in 21

35 The Big Four Lloyd George Orlando Clemenceau Wilson

36 Wilsons 14 points: Idealistic postwar world No secret treaties Freedom of the seas Free trade Self-determination for all countries Return to pre-war borders League of Nations

37 The realities of Europe France wanted to punish Germany War guilt clause for Germany War reparations – Germany to pay 33 billion Germany loses territory


39 Wilsons tour to save the treaty: 8,000 miles, 29 cities, 22 days

40 A Nervous Wreck 1919

41 Red Scare 1919 Palmer Raids – campaign against left wing radicals 10,000 arrested Hundreds deported Palmer Hoover Goldman

42 Election of 1920

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