wilson finally got his declaration of war passed so

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Unformatted text preview: allowed for trade of both contraband and n/c materials between neutral and belligerent nations, it was up to Germany to stop trade through a blockade or something. Wilson opposed the trade at first, but ended up conceding as it was essential to US economic health. Ideological Similarities – Wilson also favored Britain b/c he believed that British supremacy gave his principles more of a chance. Wilsonianism consisted of traditional American ideals [democracy, Open Door], internationalism, and American exceptionalism – i.e. US as world leader in an era of capitalism, democracy [selfdetermination and the destruction of empires were big factors too] and diplomacy. - Wilson still didn’t want to go to war, and attempted to preserve neutrality – for a while… *Wilson’s Decision for War* - First, a series of events got Wilson and co. to start considering the question… Lusitania incident – In May 1915 the British passenger liner Lusitania was sunk by a British submarine, killing 128 Americans. *Note: The Germans HAD issued a warning that British vessels could be destroyed, but nobody listened. Bryan’s resignation – Bryan suggested that Americans be forbidden from traveling on 182 belligerent ships and that contraband not be allowed on passenger vessels, but Wilson disagreed and insisted the Germans stop their sub warfare [he claimed it wasn’t a double standard b/c the Germans were taking lives, not property]. Bryan resigned in protest, and Robert Lansing [pro-Allied] took his place. Gore-McLemore Resolution – After the sinking of the Arabic in early 1916 Congress debated this resolution, which would have prohibited Americans from traveling on armed merchant vessels or ships w/contraband. But, the resolution was eventually killed off. Sussex incident – Another U-boat attack led Wilson to threaten Berlin w/the severance of diplomatic relations. The Germans promised not to do it again. - Not everyone, of course, went along w/the pro-war position. Anti-war groups included the: Woman’s Peace Party, American Union against Militaris...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.

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