The Zimmerman Note
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  • 1. The Zimmerman Note
    • January, 19, 1917
    • Germany and Mexico
    • New Mexico, Texas and Arizona
  • 2. The Actual Note
  • 3. You get your states back!
  • 4. The Telegram Decoded
  • 5. The Telegram Translated
  • 6. Effect in the U.S.
    • Popular sentiment (feeling) in the United States at that time was anti-Mexican as well as anti-German. General John J. Pershing had long been chasing the revolutionary Pancho Villa , who had carried out several cross-border raids. News of the Telegram further inflamed tensions between the U.S. and Mexico.
  • 7. Effect in the U.S.
    • At first, the Telegram was widely believed to be a forgery (fake) by British intelligence. However, first on March 3 , 1917 and later on March 29 , 1917 , Arthur Zimmermann himself admitted that the Telegram was genuine.
  • 8. The U.S. declares war
    • Woodrow Wilson responded by asking Congress to arm American ships so that they could fend (protect from) off potential German submarine attacks. A few days later, on April 2 , 1917 , Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany. On April 6 , 1917 , Congress complied (agreed), bringing the United States into World War I.