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World War I HIS/125 William Shepardson
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The sinking of the Lusitania on the morning of May 7, 1915 in which “nearly 1200 men, women and children perished, including 128 Americans” (Davidson, Gienapp, Heyrman, Lytle & Stoff,p658, 2006). Failure by House (Edward House; Wilsons’ trusted Advisor) to reach amicable negotiations with Europe. Zimmerman Telegram from German foreign Secretary instructing the Ambassador to offer guns, etc. to aid in the attack of the United States. Why were many Americans opposed to entering World War I? There are a plethora of reasons why many American opposed entering WWI not the least of which are the facts that Peace and Neutrality were the favored positions to take along with the fact that many Americans had heard horrific stories of the brutality of German soldiers to include: “spike-helmeted ‘Huns’ raping Belgium women, bayoneting their children, pillaging their towns”( Davidson, et al). What factors eventually influenced American to join the war?
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