Most Americans in the early 1900s preferred we be ISOLATED from the rest of the world’s problems and focus on our own country. • This policy is called ISOLATIONISM Stick your head in the sand and hide and Pretend the rest of the world’s problems Don’t exist!
Many immigrants did not wantthe U.S. to get involved in WW1. How do you think this German immigrant family may have felt?
German submarines were sinking Allied ships in Europe
In 1915, German submarines sank this passenger ship from Great Britain-The Lusitania. Over 100 Americans on board died.
How did many Americans feel when this drawing was printed in newspapers?
President Wilson wrote an angry letter to theGerman government telling them the U.S. did NOT approve sinking civilian (non military) ships!!!!!!
Germany sent this coded telegram to the government of Mexico asking them to join them in the fight. The U.S. intercepted it and were outraged at Germany!
BERLIN, JANUARY 19, 1917WE INTEND TO BEGIN ON THE FIRST OF FEBRUARYUNRESTRICTED SUBMARINE WARFARE. WE SHALL ENDEAVORIN SPITE OF THIS TO KEEP THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICANEUTRAL. IN THE EVENT OF THIS NOT SUCCEEDING, WE MAKEMEXICO A PROPOSAL OF ALLIANCE ON THE FOLLOWING BASIS:MAKE WAR TOGETHER, MAKE PEACE TOGETHER, GENEROUSFINANCIAL SUPPORT AND AN UNDERSTANDING ON OUR PARTTHAT MEXICO IS TO RECONQUER THE LOST TERRITORY INTEXAS, NEW MEXICO, AND ARIZONA. THE SETTLEMENT INDETAIL IS LEFT TO YOU. YOU WILL INFORM THE PRESIDENT [OFMEXICO] OF THE ABOVE MOST SECRETLY AS SOON AS THEOUTBREAK OF WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ISCERTAIN AND ADD THE SUGGESTION THAT HE SHOULD, ON HISOWN INITIATIVE, INVITE JAPAN TO IMMEDIATE ADHERENCE ANDAT THE SAME TIME MEDIATE BETWEEN JAPAN AND OURSELVES.PLEASE CALL THE PRESIDENTS ATTENTION TO THE FACT THATTHE RUTHLESS EMPLOYMENT OF OUR SUBMARINES NOWOFFERS THE PROSPECT OF COMPELLING ENGLAND IN A FEWMONTHS TO MAKE PEACE.ZIMMERMANN
When German submarines sank three U.S. ships, American people demanded war!
On April 6, 1917 Congress met to declare war on Germany and the U.S. was into World War One!
Young men from all across the U.S.volunteered to go across the ocean and fight for the U.S. in the war.
General John Pershing was placed in charge of all of America’s troops by President Wilson
The U.S. carried their guns, planes and other supplies to help the Allies!