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test3 review-David Luu - Essay 1 Although remaining neutral...

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Essay 1: Although remaining neutral was our goal in both WWI and WWII. Remaining neutral was not likely due to the events that affected our nation even when we were outside of the battle. Events: The divided loyalties of the US at the time would have kept us neutral if the conflict had not spread to high seas. -The US wished to peacefully trade with the warring nations, both sides alike. The British imposed a naval blockade on the central powers to cut off supplies such as food and armament. -Wilson administration complained, but did not take action. This was due to profit. Our trade increased with the allies as a result of the blockade, which made up for the lost commerce with the central powers. Our trade with Britain and France grew 4 folds. -In response, Germany developed the U-boat, a submarine, which torpedoed the luxury liner Lusitania killing almost 2000, 128 of them were Americans. President Wilson sent a strongly worded protest to Germany, but tension subsided when they said they wouldn’t attack passenger ships without warning. -Because of this event Wilson spent 1 bil to build American army and navy. -When Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare, Wilson broke off diplomatic relations with Germany. -One of the final event that led to our entrance into the war is the interception of the Zimmerman telegraph, which Germany urged the Mexcian government to join the central power. In return, if the US went to war, they would help recover lost territory: Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. This message was taken seriously, because prior to the there had been a civil violence incident. -The final string that led to the US declaring war on Germany was a further American ship attack by a U-Boat.
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-After WWI, isolationists emerged and due to isolation sentiments, the neutrality act was passed that imposed an embargo on selling arms to warring countries. At the start of the European war that led to WWII, the US declared neutrality. -Although we were neutral, 84% of American’s supported Britain and France.
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2010 for the course C E 301 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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