12 - World War I- September 27

12 - World War I- September 27 - World War I Paradox and...

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World War I
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“Paradox” and WWI “War to end all wars” “War for democracy” Brutality Ambiguous legacy for African Americans
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War in Europe 1914 France, Russia, Great Britain, Japan vs. Germany, Austria- Hungary, (Bulgaria), (Turkey)
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Could/should the U.S. remain neutral? Geographic distance Complexity of issues Which side to support? Commercial interests harmed Submarine warfare Lusitania, May 15, 1915 “He kept us out of war” 1916 Declaration of war, April 6, 1917
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Challenge: How to mobilize the American public Isolationists, left-wing opposition, German immigrants
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President Wilson: War message to Congress The world must be made safe for democracy . . . We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion . . . we are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. . . . It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars. . . . But the right is more precious than the peace, and we shall fight for the
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