Lusitania:WWI

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  • On May 7th, 1915 a passenger ship known as the Lusitania was sunk by the U-20, which was a German submarine boat. The end result was the loss of many lives including the lives of U.S citizens. This tragic event would lead to America retracting it's claim of being neutral, and would eventually lead America to join WWI.
  • Many citizens of the United States and advisors of the President had mixed feelings about going to war many felt that America should remain neutral, and some felt that war was the best option for America. In 1917 Germany forced America into a "Call to arms" when they made a gamble that they could destroy the allied forces in a all-out war on the high seas before America could put together their army.
  • While America was preparing for war, it was also in the process of trying to overcome another obstacle. One-third of America's citizens were immigrants, and those immigrants came from countries that America was currently fighting against. This caused for President Wilson to worry about which group could be loyal to America even through the midst of the war. German- Americans were suspected the most of being disloyal to America. German-Americans had been suspected of obtaining political positions in order to become spies for their country. This controversial issue would affect America for many years to come.
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