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  • World War I: Why the United States Entered
  • By Eva Burchfield
  • Although war was breaking out throughout the world, President Woodrow Wilson chose to remain out of it. He did not want to get involved.
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  • President Wilson wished to stay out of the war. If the United States were to enter, he wanted it to be for a valid reason, and not because everyone else was.
  • Wilson's wish did not last, however. Germany, with the help of others, began to tempt the United States to join.
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  • Germany was the major factor that led the United States to entering World War I. On May 7, 1915 at 2:10 p.m., a torpedo fired by a German submarine slammed into the side of the Lusitania ship. This was followed by a mysterious second explosion that ripped the liner apart. The ship sank in 18 minutes, killing 1119 out of 1924 people. 114 of them were Americans. On top of this, the Zimmerman Telegram was also discovered. This telegram described Germany's wish to ally with Mexico, and begin unrestricted submarine warfare.
  • The United States ended up entering World War I on April 6, 1917. The goal in President Wilson's eyes was to preserve democracy and the rights of the people. The Americans entered with the Allied Powers.
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