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United States:

1914 – Hollywood, CA becomes the center of movie production in the US.

1915 – Alexander Graham Bell makes the first transcontinental telephone call.

1917 – The US Selective Service sets up the draft


1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated.

1915 – Albert Einstein proposes his general theory of relativity.

1918 – The First World War ends.

section 1 objectives
Section 1: Objectives
  • By the end of this lesson, I will be able to:
  • 1. Identify the long-term causes and the immediate circumstances that led to World War I.
  • 2. Summarize US public opinion about the war.
  • 3. Explain why the United States entered the war.
section 1 world war i begins
Section 1: World War I Begins:

Main Idea: As World War I intensified, the United States was forced to abandon its neutrality.

Why it Matters Now: The United States remains involved in European and world affairs.

Key Terms:




Central Powers

No Man’s Land

Key Terms / Names:

Trench Warfare

Archduke Franz Ferdinand


causes of the war m a i n
Causes of the War: M.A.I.N.
  • Historians have traditionally cited four long-term causes of the First World War
  • MILITARISM– The growth of nationalism and imperialism led to increased military spending
  • ALLIANCE SYSTEM – By 1907 Europe was divided into two armed camps (allies and central powers)
  • IMPERIALISM – Economic and political control over weaker nations
  • NATIONALISM– a devotion to the interests and culture of one’s nation
causes of world war i
Causes of World War I:


European nations built large armies (especially Germany)

Other nations tried to keep up (naval power)

Alliance System:

Allies, consisted of France, Britain, and Russia (US would join later)

Central Powers, consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy


Nations around the world were overtaking weaker ones

Provided the resources to build a larger empire


National pride led to rivalries and conflicts between nations

which of the following causes of world war i do you think had the most impact on the world
Which of the following causes of World War I do you think had the most impact on the world?
  • Militarism
  • Alliance System
  • Imperialism
  • Nationalism


discussion questions turn and talk
Discussion Questions: Turn and Talk
  • 1. Is it right for America to intervene in foreign conflicts?
  • 2. When American lives are threatened, how should the government respond?
  • 3. Should America go to war to make the world “safe for democracy?”
the spark an assassination
The Spark: An Assassination:
  • Many countries were competing for access to the Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey)
  • Russia wanted access to the Mediterranean Sea
  • Germany wanted a rail link to the Ottoman Empire
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the Austrian throne was gunned down by an assassin while visiting the city of Sarajevo (Bosnia)

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let s see if you can follow this
Let’s See If You Can Follow This!
  • Step 1: Germany, obligated by treaty to support Austria-Hungary, declared war on Russia
  • Step 2: Germany then declared war on Russia’s ally – France.
  • Step 3: Germany then invaded Belgium, so Great Britain declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary.
  • The Great War had begun…
turn and talk discussion questions
Turn and Talk: Discussion Questions
  • 1. If Franz Ferdinand was NOT assassinated, do you think something else would have eventually sparked the war?
  • 2. Do you think a nation should always honor being allies with another nation, even if they do not want to go to war?
war was changing
War Was Changing:
  • WWI started with troops riding in on horseback.
  • By the end of the war there were planes, tanks, and machine guns
  • These planes and machine guns changed the way that was to waged.
  • They also led to huge casualties
new weapons of war
New Weapons of War:
  • Machine Guns – Guns could now fire 600 rounds per minute
  • The Tank – New steel tanks ran on caterpillar treads (semi-bullet proof)
  • Airplanes–The British had a fleet of planes that could deliver bomb loads
  • Poison Gas – mustard gas was used to subdue the enemy - Link
the hazards of war
The Hazards Of War:
  • These new technologies led to horrific injuries and hazards.
  • Examples: Inhalation of poison gas, polluted water, lice, rats, and constant bombardment.
  • The term “Shellshock” originated here – It is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
the war becomes a stalemate
The War Becomes A Stalemate:
  • Both allies and central powers forces dug in for a long fight - link
  • Trench warfare – hand dug channels that were created all across Europe
  • There were 3 types of trenches:

front line



  • Between enemy trenches was “no man’s land” – an area pockmarked with shell craters and filled with barbed wire

The conditions in these trenches were horrific; aside from the fear of bombardment, soldiers also had to contend with the mud, flooding and disease associated with living in such a harsh environment.

other problems
Other Problems:
  • Trench Foot – Caused by standing in cold wet trenches for long periods of time without changing into dry socks/boots.
  • Toes would turn red/blue, then become numb and rot.
  • The only solution was to amputate the toes or in some cases the entire foot.
first battle of the somme
First Battle of the Somme:
  • During the First Battle of the Somme - the British suffered 60,000 casualties the first day!
  • Final casualties for the First Battle of the Somme totaled 1.2 million, yet only 7 miles of ground was gained
  • This bloody trench warfare, in which armies fought for mere yards of ground, lasted for three years

Gas attacks were common features of trench life and often caused blindness and lung disease

should america join the fight
Should America Join the Fight?
  • In 1914, most Americans saw no reason to join a struggle 3,000 miles away – they wanted neutrality
  • Many Americans felt close to the British because of a shared ancestry and language
  • Many immigrants saw their countries being ripped apart
the war hits home
The War Hits Home:
  • During the first two years of the war, America was selling the allied forces war materials and weapons
  • They used the sea to transport the goods
  • Germany warned that any ship found in the waters around Britain would be sunk
the lusitania disaster
The Lusitania Disaster:
  • The Lusitaniawas a British passenger liner
  • A German U-boat sank the Lusitania, killing all aboard (1200 people) including 128 American tourists
  • The Germans claimed the ship was carrying Allied ammunition
  • Americans were outraged and public opinion turned against Germany and the Central Powers
steps leading towards war
Steps Leading Towards War:
  • Woodrow Wilson campaigned on the idea of “neutrality”


1. He tried to speak with German officials in hopes of peace (they ignored him)

2. 4 more American ships were sunk by U-boats

3. Germany was also trying to ally with Mexico and promised to give them back American lands in return for help (Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona) – The Zimmerman Note

america declares war
America Declares War:
  • Wilson had reached his breaking point
  • “The world must be safe for democracy”
  • Congress passed the resolution a few days later
  • Do you agree with his decision?
did we meet our objectives
Did We Meet Our Objectives?
  • Can You:
  • 1. Identify the long-term causes and the immediate circumstances that led to World War I.
  • 2. Describe the first two years of the war.
  • 3. Summarize US public opinion about the war.
  • 4. Explain why the United States entered the war.
section 2 objectives
Section 2: Objectives
  • By the end of this lesson, I will be able to:
  • 1. Describe how the United States mobilized for war.
  • 2. Identify the new weapons and the medical problems faced in WW I.
  • 3. Describe the US offensives and the end of the war.
section 2 american power tips the balance
Section 2: American Power Tips the Balance

Main Idea: The United States mobilized a large army and navy to help the Allies achieve victory.

Why it Matters Now: During World War I, the United States military evolved into the powerful fighting force that it remains today.

Key Terms:

Selective Service Act

American Expeditionary Force

Conscientious Objector


Key Names:

General John J. Pershing

Alvin York

american power tips the balance
American Power Tips The Balance:
  • America was not ready for war – only 200,000 men were in service when war was declared!
  • Selective Service Act (Draft) - required men to register with the government to be randomly selected to serve in the military About
  • 2 million American troops would reach Europe
  • Many of them were poorly trained
  • Some fought against the SSA – Conscientious objector
news flash
News Flash!
  • The United States of America Declares war on Iran!
  • Iran has been stockpiling nuclear weapons and has threatened several nations around the world including the USA. President Obama decides to re-institute the Selective Service Act. The draft is today!
fighting over there
Fighting “Over There”
  • General John J. Pershing led a group called the American Expeditionary Force.- this was a group of newly trained, rural farm boys that got called in to fight
  • American infantry were nicknamed “doughboys” because of their white belts / buttons (they polished with a white clay – “dough”

Pershing wanted his troops to fight as “Americans” not as reserves for the British

american troops go on the offensive
American Troops Go On The Offensive:
  • Russia surrendered to the Germans in 1917
  • the Germans were now within 50 miles of Paris
  • The Americans arrived and immediately played a major role in pushing the Germans back
the collapse of germany
The Collapse Of Germany:
  • Germany’s partner, Austria-Hungary, finally surrendered to the allies
  • Other revolts followed, and Germany was too exhausted to continue
  • So at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918, Germany signed a truce ending the Great War
the final toll
The Final Toll:
  • WW I was the bloodiest war in history up to that time.
  • Deaths numbered about 22 million. (more than half were civilians)
  • 20 million additional people were wounded.
  • The cost of the war was around $338 billion.
  • The US lost 48,000 men in battle and another 62,000 from disease.
world war i discussion
World War I Discussion:
  • 1. If Pershing wouldn’t have insisted that American troops fight as their own unit, do you think the outcome of the war would have been the same?
  • 2. If Germany would have won the war, what do you think would have been the outcome?
  • 3. Do you feel that the allies could win the war without America’s help?
did we meet our objectives1
Did We Meet Our Objectives?
  • Can You:
  • 1. Describe how the United States mobilized for war.
  • 2. Summarize US battlefield successes.
  • 3. Identify the new weapons and the medical problems faced in WW I.
  • 4. Describe the US offensives and the end of the war.
section 3 objectives
Section 3: Objectives
  • By the end of this lesson, I will be able to:
  • 1. Explain how business and government cooperated to promote the war.
  • 2. Describe the attacks on civil liberties that occurred.
section three the war at home
Section Three: The War at Home

Main Idea:World War I spurred social, political, and economic change in the United States.

Why it Matter Now: Such changes increased government powers and expanded economic opportunities.

Key Terms:

War Industries Board


Espionage and Sedition Acts

Great Migration

Key Names:

Bernard M. Baruch

George Creel

the war at home
The War At Home:
  • The entire U.S. economy was focused on the war effort
  • The shift from a consumer economy to war economy required a collaboration between business and government
  • In the process, the power of the U.S. government expanded
  • Congress gave President Wilson direct control over the economy
war industries board
War Industries Board:
  • The War Industries Board encouraged companies to use mass-production techniques
  • Under the WIB, industrial production and wages increased 20%
  • Labor disputes were kept to a minimum because the affect they would have on production

Should you be able to strike during war time?

a culture of change
A Culture of Change:
  • To conserve food, Wilson set up the Food Administration
  • The FA declared one day a week “meatless” another “sweetless” two days “wheatless” and two other days “porkless”
  • Homeowners planted “victory gardens” in their yards
  • Farmers increased production by almost 30% by adding 40 million acres of farmland
selling the war
Selling The War:
  • The U.S. had two major tasks
  • Raising money
  • Convincing the public to support the war
  • The U.S. spent $35.5 billion on the war effort
  • The government raised about 1/3 of that through an income tax and “sin” taxes
  • The rest was raised through war bonds sold to the public
  • To popularize the war, the government set up the nations first propaganda (encouraging people to support something using some type of advertising)-agency
  • George Creel led the agency and persuaded many of the nation’s artists to create thousands of paintings, posters, cartoons and sculptures to promote the war
why were war bonds successful for the government
Why were War Bonds successful for the Government?
  • The people were overpaying for them
  • They got the people’s money now and would pay them back at a later date
  • They weren’t successful
  • They cheated the American people with each bond sold


today s objective
Today’s Objective:
  • By the end of this lesson,
  • I will be able to:
  • 1. Describe the attacks on civil liberties that occurred during World War I.
  • Describe the social changes during the war.
attacks on civil liberties
Attacks On Civil Liberties:
  • As the war progressed, Civil Liberties were compromised
  • German and Austrian-Hungarian immigrants were targets
  • Congress decided to pass the

Espionage and Sedition Acts - These acts were designed to prevent anti-war protests but went against the spirit of the First Amendment (Free speech)

Is it morally right to protest during war times?

how do you feel about the espionage and sedition acts that were used during wwi
How do you feel about the Espionage and Sedition Acts that were used during WWI?
  • Good idea
  • Needed, but not sure about 1st Amendment rights infringement
  • Not a good idea
  • This is a direct attack on our 1st Amendment rights
  • Other
social change during the war
Social Change During The War:
  • The Great Migration was the large scale population shift for hundreds of thousands of blacks from the south to Northern cities
  • They left to escape discrimination and to seek greater job opportunities
  • Women also took over for the men at their jobs
more social changes dealing with the flu epidemic
More Social Changes: Dealing With the Flu Epidemic
  • During WWI, soldiers were in close quarters and often spread disease.
  • Soldiers returning home from war often spread the disease
  • In 1918, a Flu Epidemic killed as many as 500,000 in the U.S. before it disappeared in 1919
  • Worldwide, the epidemic killed more than 50 million people (More than the death toll of World War I !)
did we meet our objectives2
Did We Meet Our Objectives?
  • Can You:
  • 1. Explain how business and government cooperated during the war.
  • 2. Show how the government promoted the war.
  • 3. Describe the attacks on civil liberties that occurred.
  • 4. Summarize the social changes that affected African Americans and women.
section 4 objectives
Section 4: Objectives
  • By the end of this lesson, I will be able to:
  • 1. Summarize Wilson’s Fourteen Points
  • 2. Describe the Treaty of Versailles and International and domestic reaction to it.
  • 3. Explain some of the consequences of the war.
section 4 wilson fights for peace
Section 4: Wilson Fights For Peace

Main Idea: European leaders opposed most of Wilson’s peace plan, and the US Senate failed to ratify the peace treaty.

Why it Matters Now: Many of the nationalist issues left unresolved after WW I continue to trouble the world today.

Key Terms:

Fourteen Points

League of Nations

Treaty of Versailles


War-guilt Clause

what happened after the war
What Happened After the War?
  • Each nation had to learn to deal with the outcome of the war ($, death, loss of power, etc.)
  • Woodrow Wilson came up with a plan for peace that he thought other countries would like….they didn’t
  • In the end, Germany was stripped of much of it’s power as other nations teamed against them.
wilson fights for peace
Wilson Fights For Peace:
  • Wilson’s plan for peace would be rejected by the Allies
  • Wilson’s plan was called the “Fourteen points”
  • Included in his “points” were:
  • No secret treaties
  • Freedom of the Seas
  • More free trade
  • Reduction of arms
  • Less colonialism
  • League of Nations to promote peace

Wilson’s 14 pts. In his own shorthand

the allies reject wilson s plan
The Allies Reject Wilson’s Plan:
  • Wilson conceded on most of his 14 points in return for the establishment of the League of Nations – an international organization to address worldly problems
  • The allied forces signed the:

Treaty of Versailles

  • Established nine new nations: Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia
  • Broke up the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire empires
  • Barred Germany from maintaining an army, required them to give land back to France, and forced them to pay $33 billion in reparations to the Allies
the weaknesses of the treaty
The Weaknesses Of The Treaty:
  • The Treaty humiliated the Germans by forcing them to admit sole responsibility for the war - War-Guilt Clause
  • Germany would never be able to pay $33 billion in reparations – war damages to other countries
  • Germany was furious! – this would lead into WW II
did we meet our objectives3
Did We Meet our Objectives?
  • Can You:
  • 1. Summarize Wilson’s Fourteen Points
  • 2. Describe the Treaty of Versailles and International and domestic reaction to it.
  • 3. Explain some of the consequences of the war.