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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

how did the united states get involved in world war one?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The United States originally pursued a policy of isolationism, avoiding conflict while trying to broker a peace. This resulted in increased tensions with Berlin and London. When a German U-boat sank the British liner Lusitania in 1915, with 128 Americans aboard, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson vowed, "America was too proud to fight" and demanded an end to attacks on passenger ships. Germany complied. Wilson unsuccessfully tried to mediate a settlement. He repeatedly warned the U.S. would not tolerate unrestricted submarine warfare, in violation of international law and U.S. ideas of human rights. Wilson was under pressure from former president Theodore Roosevelt, who denounced German acts as "piracy".[48] Wilson's desire to have a seat at negotiations at war's end to advance the League of Nations also played a significant role.[49] Wilson's Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, resigned in protest of the President's decidedly warmongering diplomacy. Other factors contributing to the U.S. entry into the war include the suspected German sabotage of both Black Tom in Jersey City, New Jersey, and the Kingsland Explosion in what is now Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

  • 1 decade ago

    US ships were targeted by German submarines which were trying to strangle Britain economically. This reached a climax with the British cruise ship the Lusitania (which had military supplies in her deck) was sunk. The US joined after the Zimmerman telegram to Mexico telling it to invade the Southern US for territory lost in the Mexican-American War. The US entered the war in late 1917

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Begrudgingly

  • 1 decade ago

    We hated the germans that bad

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    sticking their nose where it dont belong

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