Jake M asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

i need to know a major event that helped to bring the u.s into WWI?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The sinking of the Lusitania , and the Zimmerman letter

    19 January, 1917:

    The Zimmerman Note

    to the German Minister to Mexico


    Berlin, January 19, 1917

    On the first of February we intend to begin submarine warfare unrestricted. In spite of this, it is our intention to endeavor to keep neutral the United States of America.

    If this attempt is not successful, we propose an alliance on the following basis with Mexico: That we shall make war together and together make peace. We shall give general financial support, and it is understood that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. The details are left to you for settlement....

    You are instructed to inform the President of Mexico of the above in the greatest confidence as soon as it is certain that there will be an outbreak of war with the United States and suggest that the President of Mexico, on his own initiative, should communicate with Japan suggesting adherence at once to this plan; at the same time, offer to mediate between Germany and Japan.

    Please call to the attention of the President of Mexico that the employment of ruthless submarine warfare now promises to compel England to make peace in a few months.


    (Secretary of State)

  • bh8153
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It was certainly not the sinking of the Lusitania, which was two whole years earlier. No matter how often this is repeated, dozens of people still keep posting it as if it was somehow true.

    The key event occurred shortly before dawn on August 5, 1914, barely a day after Britain had declared war on Germany.

    The British cable ship SS Telconia steamed out of her home port, across the North Sea to a point off the Dutch coast near Emden, where her crew let grapples down to the sea bed. They brought up Germany's Transatlantic telegraph cables, chopped through them, and dropped the ends back into the water.

    As a result, all Germany's communications with her overseas diplomats and allies during the war had to be made either by radio, or over the telegraph cables of friendly neutral countries, most of which passed through London. That was how the Zimmerman Telegram was picked up by the British and decoded, and it was the Zimmermann Telegram which brought the U.S. into WWI.

    Source(s): David Kahn, "The Codebreakers", Chapter 9: Room 40. Revised edition, Scribner, 1996.
  • 1 decade ago

    The sinking of the Luisitania was in 1915...2 years before America entered the war. What did bring us into the war was the German navy using unrestricted U-boat (undersea boat, hence the "U" boat) on all shipping both passenger and cargo ships and the Zimmerman Telegram (sent Jan 16, 1917) from the German government to the their Ambassador in Mexico City to approach the Mexican government with offer of financial assistance to open a front on the U. S. border to keep the U.S. out of the war. In return the Germans would return the southwestern U.S. (New Mexico, Arizona and Texas) to them which were lost in the Mexican-American War This arrangement with the Mexicans would also include the Japanese government although what part they would play is unclear.

    The Mexican government determined that the German plan

    was not feasible as it meant war with the U.S., Germany did not have the logistical capability to supply and support the seizure and defense of the territory to be taken and Mexico could not admiminister the large English speaking population. They replied on April 14, 1917 and America had already declared war on Germany on April 6th.

    I hope this info helps.

    Source(s): "Zimmerman Telegram" by Barbara Tuchman
  • 1 decade ago

    The sinking of the Lusitania by a German U Boat. There were a slew of other factors, but that is the simplest, most well known and generally mot accepted.....

    Oh, by the way, missiles didn't exist during WWI........

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  • 1 decade ago

    The German missile that struck the U.S. sea ship, the Luisitana I think it was called, was what sparked America into going into war.

  • 1 decade ago

    Even my daughter knows this one and she is not good in History.....

    The sinking of the Lusitania

    Source(s): I know this from Jr. Hi school way back when
  • 1 decade ago

    You probably want "sinking of the Lusitania".

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