American Involvement in WWI Created by: Nader Saadeh and Bart Radzik
Background Black Hand rampage Franz Ferdinand Russia mobilizing it’s forces Belgium invaded by Germans British declare war USA joins the conflict
Zimmermann Telegram Created by Arthur Zimmermann Heinrich von Eckhardt, German Minister of Mexico Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico Requested assistance from Japan Click on the video clip to hear the note. Video Clip
The Response… General Venustiano Carranza Would cause serious issues with USA Large population of US citizens in SW Wouldn’t be able to supply later America joins on April 6, 1917
Czar Overthrown The Russian czar ruled like a dictator. The first revolution was in 1905. Small middle classes in towns Second revolution occurred in 1917. Revolution encouraged US to war. Czar was Nicolas II
Sinking of the Lusitania Construction of the luxury sea liner “Lustania began in mid-1903. Engines produced 68,000 horsepower Maiden voyage in September 1907 On May, 7 the German U- boat U-20 fired a torpedo at the luxury liner. 1198 killed; there were 128 Americans that died.
Submarine Warfare German submarines threatened Britain. Britain’s economy almost collapsed Germans subs attacked liners and supply ships.
Economy Germany borrowed $27 million. Allies borrowed over $2 billion. US factories running 24/7. Allies wouldn’t be able to repay debt. Protect trade routes from Germany. Bankers galore!
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