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Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (USW)- A german policy that attacked all incoming ships to enemy harbors, specifically British harbors.
The Lusitania - A British Ocean Liner that was famously sunk coming from America to Britain carrying civilians and smuggled ammunition. The sinking by a German U-Boat caused outrage and made Germany end its USW.
The Sussex Pledge- A pledge made by Germany to end USW in reaction to the U.S. anger in the sinking of the Lusitania.
The Zimmerman Telegram- a telegram sent by the German government to Mexico letting them know they would be resuming USW and in case the U.S. joined the war, asked them to declare war on the U.S. in exchange for help in reconquering the southwestern U.S.
After the Zimmerman Telegram and the resuming of USW, President Wilson had no choice but to ask for a declaration of war which passed Congress on April 6, 1917
Yay America! Glory to Capitalism and down with the German Empire!
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