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Politics Behind WWI. Lusitania, Zimmerman Note, U Boats, And the U.S. . What is a U-Boat. Lusitania. British Passenger Ship Targeted and sunk by German U-Boat 1,200 Die including 128 Americans

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Politics behind wwi

Politics Behind WWI

Lusitania, Zimmerman Note, U Boats, And the U.S.



Lusitania
Lusitania

  • British Passenger Ship

    • Targeted and sunk by German U-Boat

      • 1,200 Die including 128 Americans

  • U.S. Tells Germany that if they continue to practice unrestricted submarine warfare they will not remain neutral


Zimmerman note
Zimmerman Note

  • Cryptic message that asked Mexico to attack the U.S.

    • Germany did not want the U.S. to join the war

  • What did Germany promise?

    • To help Mexico reclaim Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico from the U.S.

  • Note also

    • Suggested that Japan gets involved

      • 2 front war in the United States (Mexico and Japan)


Unrestricted sub warfare
Unrestricted Sub Warfare

  • German continue to practice sub warfare

  • U.S. Enters the War



What is a war bond
What is a War Bond

  • You buy a “Bond” for $100

    • You just funded the war effort with $100

  • After the war is over

    • Several years later

      • The government is going to pay you $150 for the “War Bond” they sold to you.


Why would i buy a war bond
Why would I buy a War Bond?

  • Propaganda

  • What is Propaganda?

    • A technique to persuade a person to believe or do something


Common propaganda techniques
Common Propaganda Techniques

  • Demonization – portraying the enemy as evil, murderous, aggressive

  • Emotional Appeal – play on people’s fear about war

  • Name Calling – using labels to encourage hatred of the enemy (Huns, Commie’s)

  • Patriotic Appeals – using patriotic symbols to appeal to national pride (Statue of Liberty, flags)


Common propaganda techniques1
Common Propaganda Techniques

  • Half-truth’s and lies – deception and twisting the truth

  • Catchy Slogans - memorable phrases to create support (Remember the Maine)

  • Evocative Visual Symbols – visual images that appeal to peoples emotions (i.e. Women, children, etc)

  • Humor – using the enemy as the butt of jokes


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