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The sinking of the Lusitania and Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
The Zimmerman Note
The Sussex Pledge and US Enters WW1
President Woodrow Wilson publicly warned Germany against continuing unrestricted submarine attacks. Also, A German U-boat torpedoed a British passenger ship, the Lusitania, killing more than 1,000 people, including 128 Americans.
Telegram from foreign German Minister Arthur Zimmermann to Mexico. Zimmermann proposed that, if the US entered the war, Mexico go to war with the US as a German ally. Zimmermann promised that if Mexico allied with Germany, Germany would provide “financial support and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer lost territory inTexas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
The United States officially declared war on Germany. Also, Germany, seeking to avoid war with the United States, issued the Sussex Pledge, promising to suspend its surprise attacks on merchant's vessels.
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