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There were a lot of reasons the United States joined WW1, but there were 5 reasons that outweighed all others. These reasons were the Zimmerman Telegram, Sinking of the Lusitania, unrestricted submarine warfare, the United States financial investments in Europe, and Propaganda being spread in the US and Europe. The Zimmerman Telegram was the most important reason for joining the war, with it being a direct threat to our nation, and how unrestricted submarine use tied into other causes of the war. The Lusitania was a transport ship, filled with everyday civilians. It was said that the ship was carrying weapons to give allied forces in Europe, not liking this, Germany sunk the Lusitania, killing many people and putting more lives in danger. This included 128 of the deaths being US citizens. Although this made the US really mad, they still remained neutral and decided not to get involved, despite having a valid reason to join now. It was said in the Declaration of Neutrality, “We must be impartial in thought as well as action, must put a curb upon our sentiments as well as upon every transaction that might be construed as a preference of one party to the struggle before another.”.

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