The war had been little more than a stalemate from
Russia, one of the major Allies pulled out in 1917,
severly weakening the Allies.
America chose the perfect moment to enter the war
for the Allies.
The Stage Currently
Several students have asked where America was.
Several more have asked what pushed America into
America declared itself neutral when the war began.
Neutrality is basically the same thing as isolationism.
Bottom line, America did not want to fight.
Several things though pushed America into the Allied
After the War of 1812, America had become friends and
trading partners with Britain.
The British blockaded Germany, limiting American trade
American businesses loaned Britain money.
Americans felt a connection to our “mother country.”
Because of the blockade of
Germany, and because many
countries traded with Britain,
Warfare (German subs
attacked any boats they
Americans did not like this
because innocents died.
The most famous boat sunk
was the Lusitania (1915). Many
Americans died on it.
Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
President Wilson was NO
He demanded the Germans
stop attacking boats and then
kept America out of the war.
In 1916, he ran for reelection.
His slogan: “He kept us out of
He won reelection.
Germany sent a message to Mexico saying that if Mexico
helped Germany beat America, then Mexico could
retake the American Southwest.
The English found the message and was more than
willing to send it to Wilson.
America was very upset about this!
The Zimmerman Telegram!!!
Germany returned to
Warfare in 1917 and sunk
several American ships.
Wilson also wanted to keep
“The World Safe for
America declared war in April
Took several months for
Americans to arrive though.
Finally at War
Expeditionary Force helped
deflect the final German
attack on the French line.
The Germans asked for an
armistice (stop fighting) on
November 11, 1918.
The War to End All Wars…
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