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Tim Kelly HST 111 11:00 MWF President Proclaims U.S. At War When the First World War began in Europe, in 1914, the United States economy was growing at unprecedented pace. It was the progressive era, the middle class was developing and people were moving into big cities. It was the beginning of what one can think of as the modern era in technology and lifestyle, and also the time of the first modern war. According to Hugh Rockoff, in his article U.S. Economy in World War I , The war began in 1914 when “Sarajevo Gavrilo Princip, a young Serbian revolutionary, shot and killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. A few months later the great powers of Europe were at war.” When the United States joined the European efforts in 1917, they did so for economic reasons, because a civilian ship, the Lusitania, was attacked, and to protect democracy throughout the world. At the time that World War I began, the United States remained neutral. It was focused more on the rapidly changing domestic policies during first part of the twentieth century. However, the fact that they remained a neutral country did not mean that the United States could not profit and continue to improve its economy by producing munitions. According to the, article Austria-Hungary Protests Shipment of U.S. Munitions to Britain, from the history channels
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website, history.com, the United States was by 1910 the leading industrial nation, with 35.3 percent of the world's manufacturing capacity.” The United States used their industrial strength to its advantage by selling weapons to Britain in their war against Germany. “Beginning with guns and proceeding to boats and submarines, a steady flow of war materials soon began to travel across the Atlantic,” (History.com). The United States was planning on profiting from the loans and sales of weapons, which it gave mainly to Britain and France. President Woodrow Wilson knew that if the allies were to lose the war, the
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