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The United States and WWI. The decision to fight. Cultural Ties. Most Americans supported the Allies Because of America’s history, most felt a connection due to language, culture, etc. However, some German Americans, Irish Americans, and Russian Jewish immigrants favored the Central powers

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the united states and wwi

The United States and WWI

The decision to fight

cultural ties
Cultural Ties
  • Most Americans supported the Allies
    • Because of America’s history, most felt a connection due to language, culture, etc.
  • However, some German Americans, Irish Americans, and Russian Jewish immigrants favored the Central powers
    • Why would these groups be on the side of the Central powers?
the lusitania and submarine warfare
The Lusitania and Submarine Warfare
  • The Lusitania, a British cruise/transport ship, bound for Britain from New York was sunk in 1915.
    • 1195 people died, including 128 Americans.
  • There were unauthorized German submarines along the US East coast.
    • Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare in the spring of 1917.
economics
Economics
  • The U.S. had a major economic investment with the British and French.
    • U.S. paid about 2 billion dollars (with a ‘b’) to the Allies, while Germany only borrowed 27 million.
  • If Allies could not pay back all the loans made to them by the American bankers, the US's economy could collapse.
politics and propaganda
Politics and Propaganda
  • Propaganda from both sides
  • Woodrow Wilson did not want to go to war (as we read in his speech) but announced a preparedness program.
ideology beliefs
Ideology – Beliefs
  • President Wilson wanted to make the world better for democracy
  • There seemed to be a moral reason - Britain and France were fighting the good fight for freedom against the “evil” Central Powers.
the zimmerman note
The Zimmerman Note
  • The Zimmerman Telegram (sometimes called the "Zimmerman note" or "Zimmerman telegraph") finally pushed the US to war.
  • The Zimmerman Telegram was sent from the German foreign secretary to the German Ambassador to Mexico.
    • On the first of February, 1917, submarine warfare will be reinstated without restriction.
    • The US has to stay neutral.
    • Germany proposes an alliance with Mexico on the following basis: If the US goes to war, Mexico must fight on the home front in a financially supported alliance with Germany; If Mexico agrees to fight, they will re-conquer New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.
the zimmerman note cont d
The Zimmerman Note – Cont’d
  • The telegraph was intercepted by British Intelligence and transmitted to the American government by the Brits.
  • This infuriated Americans. It was the same sort of alliance that plunged Europe into war.