History notes WWI

History notes WWI - Why did the US Join WWI? First reaction...

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Why did the US Join WWI? First reaction – isolation (1915) Second reaction – economic opportunity 1914-1918 one of the happiest times in US economics Inexhaustible demand for US products in Europe -ex. steel British blockade access to Germany -US merchant ships unable to transport goods - Uboats – submarines Germany uses to go underneath blockade & block merchant ships for Britain - J-Boats – fake merchant ships luring Germany - Uboats proclaim threat to sink any merchant ship w/o warning - British ship high-explosives and important shipments in passenger ships - May 1915 – Germans have discovered this and torpedo this civilian vessel By 1917, clear that war is going nowhere. Millions of people dead Socialist revolution in Russia (USSR – first communist govt in war) Only successful tactic is British blockade on Germany US is keeping WWI going through products supplied to British and Germany Why did US enter the war? Cultural Considerations
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