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Neutrality Ends. British Blockade . Blockade along German coast to prevent goods, weapons and contraband from getting through “contraband” extended to mean food! Results American ships carrying German goods just stopped German’s couldn’t get their food = famine U-boats! .

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british blockade
British Blockade
  • Blockade along German coast to prevent goods, weapons and contraband from getting through
    • “contraband” extended to mean food!
  • Results
    • American ships carrying German goods just stopped
    • German’s couldn’t get their food = famine
    • U-boats!
german u boats
German U-Boats
  • Counter-blockade!
  • Any ship found in waters around Britain would be sunk
  • Submarine warfare
  • News to the U.S. flashed
lusitania

http://www.history.com/videos/u-boats-sink-the-lusitania-in-1915#u-boats-sink-the-lusitania-in-1915http://www.history.com/videos/u-boats-sink-the-lusitania-in-1915#u-boats-sink-the-lusitania-in-1915

Lusitania
  • May 7th, 1915
  • U-boat sinks British liner Lusitania
  • 128 Americans killed

“This sinking…is not war; it is…organized murder and no language is too strong for it. It is getting to be too much to ask America to keep out when Americans are drowned as part of a European war”

still neutral
Still neutral…
  • Even after, Wilson said NO to war!
  • Wilson protested Germany – they agreed to not sink any more liners.
    • Oops The Sussex was sunk in 1916 killing Americans
election of 1916
Election of 1916
  • Wilson re-elected
    • “He Kept Us Out of War”
  • Election results shifted from hour to hour
telegram
Telegram
  • With a partner, examine the telegram handed out.
    • Who is it from?
    • Who is it going to?
    • What does it say?
zimmerman telegram
Zimmerman Telegram
  • Sent by German foreign minister to German ambassador in Mexico
  • Intercepted by British agents
  • Mexico go to war with U.S. and Germany will support you and give you land
slide10
Then…
  • Sinking of four unarmed American ships
  • Russia overthrows czarist regime
  • So  supporters of war can say we are going to war against brutal monarchies!
declaring war
Declaring War
  • April 2, 1917
  • Wilson delivered his war resolution
    • Passed!
  • U.S. troops to go to war!
propaganda of wwi
Propaganda of WWI
  • Now that we are in war, Propaganda starts circulating like crazy
  • Now, we will look at some of these documents!