US Entry Into WWI

US Entry Into WWI

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  • United States Entry into World War I
  • In 1915, Germany sunk the Lusitania, a ship carrying 124 American passengers who all died. Following this, Wilson decided to remain uninvolved in the fighting of the war
  • Germany claimed to have the right to sink any ships sailing to their enemies in a desperate attempt to win the war.
  • In 1916, Germany promised the US to only torpedo armed merchant ships, rather than passenger ships.
  • In 1917, a telegram was intercepted. It was sent from Germany to Mexico, and urged Mexico to declare war on the US in return for American land.
  • No longer able to remain neutral in the conflict, Wilson was forced to step up and declare war in 1917.
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