World War I - MIAMI UNIVERSITY HISTORY 112 SURVEY OF...

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MIAMI UNIVERSITY HISTORY 112 SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY February 19, 2008 THE IMPACT OF THE GREAT WAR One Man’s War Optimism Despair Questions to Consider How Did the War Begin? How Did the United States Become Involved? How Did Americans React to the War? What Was the Social Impact on the United States? The Road to War Europe on the Eve of War American Neutrality—Wilson mainly wanted to spend presidency with national progressive reform and not international affair. He asked Americans to stay neutral in the conflict. But right away this was an issue. o The US and Troubles with Great Britain—first place had a problem with staying neutral. Br. Began to argue that a lot of goods could not be shipped across the sea and was an issue for American economy. But due to connections betwn. US and Br. US did not push to a breaking point. o The US and Troubles with Germany—the issue of the submarine. Submarine Warfare—began to sink ships without warning. The Attack on the Lusitania—April 1914 sunk. Was a BR. Ship (had many citizen passangers and 128 Americans were on it and lost their lives and thus US got very upset and Germany apologized and said would restrict German submarine warfare. In early 1917 Germany
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