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  • Policy of Neutralism
  • He kept us out of war! 
  • World War 1
  • Zimmermann note/ The Lusitania ship
  • Arthur Zimmermann (Minister of Germany) 
  • During Woodrow Wilson's presidency he declared that the U.S. would be a neutral country in World War 1, this led to his re-election in 1916. His opposition to go into war gained favor throughout the country because many opposed war.
  • U.S. army joins war
  • We're ready!
  • Even though the U.S. was considered a neutral country, the U.S. government was funding both the allied and central powers. Over 5 billion dollars was given to help the war’s progress.
  • Propaganda
  • Two reasons why the U.S. might have gone into war includes the Zimmermann note and Lusitania ship sinking. The Zimmermann note sent by Germany was a telegram which stated that if Mexico were to join the German army they would be granted the land they had lost to the U.S. The Ship sinking used illegal warfare and posed a major threat to the U.S.
  • Espionage Act of 1917
  • I thought we were supposed to have freedom of speech!
  • Because of these two reasons President Wilson declared that the U.S. were joining their allies. Some were happy of the matter, going into war, but others were forced.
  • To sugarcoat the draft, propaganda was created to make war seem appealing. Festivals and parades were held to celebrate the draft and their patriotism. Many people helped create supplies and raise money for those going into war. The Red Cross also participated by rolling bandages and packing supplies overseas.
  • I want you for the U.S. Army!
  • Those who opposed the war were sent to prison because of the Espionage Act of 1917. This allowed people to be arrested by minor offences such as merely saying they don't agree with the U.S. involvement in the war.
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