World War 1

Timothy Wagner
16 February 2010

Why Did the United States Enter the First World War?

There are a wide variety of theories as to why the United States entered the so-called Great War, and many have intriguing background information, making them believable. Take an example, such as sea warfare. One cause that may have triggered America's entrance into World War I was that they were being attacked, despite their attempted neutrality in the ordeal. Another possibility could have been America's Anti-German sentiment, or even their historical ties to Britain. Nonetheless, whether it was any of the subsequent reasons or not, the U.S. was enticed to join and ...

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years. However, nearing the end of this century of isolationism, a feeling of Jingoism came out in some Americans.

At this point in time, Americans had expanded "from sea to shining sea" and even a little more. For many, this vast amount of land was enough. On the other hand, Jingoists wanted more. They may have even been willing to fight for more land, and the current war that was taking place in Europe was an ideal place for them to start.

2. U.S. attacked despite neutrality

Before the United States entered the war, they traded with the Allies. Although they tried to trade with the Triple Alliance, Britain blockades prevented it. Whilst this may have only partially influenced German attacks, American ships were attacked and many people died. Two lead examples of American disasters are the Lusitania's destruction and the Maine's destruction in the Spanish Havana Harbor.

The Maine's destruction left the United States with 266 people dead and the Spanish-American war to ...

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this money, it would have more than likely been catastrophic and it would've brought about economic collapse in America. It was vital that in some way, the United States ensured the return of their borrowed money.

At the time, many people were aware of the massive amounts of money funded in the war. In opposition to Woodrow Wilson's War Message, Senator George W. Norris talked about the money that has been spent. He stated:

"...We have loaned many hundreds of millions of dollars to the Allies in this controversy. While such action was legal and countenanced [allowed] by international law, there is no doubt in my mind but the enormous amount of money loaned to the Allies in this ...

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