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Title: Global Involvements and World War I

Chapter 22
  • Global Involvements and World War I
  • 1902-1920

  • We will focus on U.S. foreign policy from 1902 to
  • Concentrating on U.S. involvement in WWI
  • 1.) What objectives underlay U.S. foreign policy
    in Asia and Latin America?
  • 2.) Why did the United States enter WWI in 1917?

Introduction (cont.)
  • 3.) How did U.S. participation in WWI affect
    Americans at home?
  • 4.) During the war, how did the role of
    the U.S. economy and in peoples lives generally
  • 5.) What part did President Wilson play in
    creating the League of Nations, and why did the
    U.S. Senate reject U.S. membership in the

Defining Americas World Role, 1902-1914
  • The Open Door Competing for the China Market
  • American businessmen who dreamed of penetrating
    the Chinese market became alarmed at developments
  • European powers were forcing the weak Chinese
    govt. to lease that countrys ports to them
  • Then they closed those ports to trade and
    investment by business of any country but their

The Open Door Competing for the China Market
  • U.S. Sec. of State John Hay attempted to aid
    American business by sending his 1899 Open Door
    notes to the European powers involved

The Open Door Competing for the China Market
  • Hay asked them to keep their leased Chinese ports
    open to trade and investment from all countries
    on equal terms
  • He received noncommittal replies
  • Soon afterwards, the United States joined the
    European countries involved in China in putting
    down a Chinese uprising against foreign
  • the Boxer Rebellion
  • 1899-1901

The Open Door Competing for the China Market
  • Some of the countries wanted to use the rebellion
    as an excuse for carving China into colonies for
  • Hay announced U.S. opposition to this plan in his
    1900 Open Door notes
  • He asked all countries to respect the territorial
    integrity of China
  • Repeated the demand for equal trading and
    investment opportunities there

The Open Door Competing for the China Market
  • The Open Door notes became a cornerstone of U.S.
    policy in Asia
  • Helped shape the U.S.s response to the Japanese
    drive to conquer China in the 1930s

The Panama Canal Hardball U.S. Diplomacy
  • For commercial and strategic reasons, the U.S.
    wanted to build a canal across the Isthmus of

The Panama Canal (cont.)
  • In 1902, the U.S. negotiated a treaty leasing a
    canal zone from Colombia
  • Colombia owned the isthmus at the time
  • The Colombian senate rejected the treaty
  • Hoped for more

The Panama Canal (cont.)
  • Pres. Roosevelt then conspired with the directors
    of a bankrupt French company that had been trying
    earlier to build a canal
  • The company hoped to profit from the U.S.s
    taking over its land lease
  • Philippe Bunau-Varilla, an official of the
    company, fomented revolution in Panama
  • Roosevelt sent a U.S. warship in 1903 to see to
    it that the uprising succeeded

The Panama Canal (cont.)
  • The U.S. then recognized Panamas independence
    and negotiated a treaty leasing the land
  • The U.S. Army was in charge of engineering the
  • It opened in 1914
  • Historical pictures
  • The imperialist methods Roosevelt used to seize
    the area created lasting ill toward the U.S. in
    Latin America

Canal Today
Roosevelt and Taft Assert U.S. Power in Latin
America and Asia
  • Roosevelt and Taft believed that the U.S. had to
    play an active role in world affairs
  • Also they believed that they had to protect
    American interests in Latin America and Asia
  • Dollar Diplomacy
  • Taft concentrated particularly on promoting U.S.
    commercial interests abroad

Roosevelt and Taft Assert U.S. Power in Latin
America and Asia (cont.)
  • Roosevelt Corollary
  • An addition to the Monroe Doctrine
  • Was given in response to a threat that European
    nations might invade Dominican Republic to
    collect debts
  • 1904
  • The Corollary warned European nations not to
    intervene in the Western Hemisphere
  • The U.S. would act as policeman in Latin America
  • Keeping order there and seeing that finances were
    handled properly and debts repaid

Roosevelt and Taft Assert U.S. Power in Latin
America and Asia (cont.)
  • Citing his corollary, Roosevelt had U.S.
    officials take over the Dominican Republics
    customs service and manage its foreign debt
  • Taft, also using the corollary, sent marines into
    Nicaragua to protect U.S. investors there
  • He also keep in power a govt. friendly to U.S.
    business interests
  • The marines occupied Nicaragua from 1912-1933

Roosevelt and Taft Assert U.S. Power in Latin
America and Asia (cont.)
  • As part of his Asian policy, Roosevelt mediated
    an end to the Russo-Japanese War
  • Roosevelt used his influence to obtain a peace
    settlement that maintained the balance of power
    in Asia
  • Afterwards, he tried to improve U.S. relations
    with Japan by negotiating a gentlemens agreement
  • He hoped Japan would limit emigration of its
    people to the U.S.

Roosevelt and Taft Assert U.S. Power in Latin
America and Asia (cont.)
  • Roosevelt hoped this would cool American
  • Discrimination against Japanese immigrants in the
    western states continued anyway

Wilson and Latin America
  • Wilson criticized Republican expansionism
  • But he proved just as interventionist in Latin
    America as Roosevelt and Taft
  • Wilson ordered marines to occupy the Dominican
    Republic and Haiti
  • To keep order and create a favorable climate for
    American investors
  • They stayed in D.R. until 1924
  • And in Haiti until 1934

Wilson and Latin America (cont.)
  • Wilson repeatedly intervened in Mexico during its
  • He tried to bring to power leaders who were
    liberal, democratic, and friendly to capitalistic

Part II Conclusion
  • U.S. foreign policy in Asia and Latin America
    from 1900 to 1914 showed that the U.S. was
    willing to become involved in foreign affairs to
  • keep order
  • Encourage the kinds of govts. the U.S. approved
  • Protect U.S. economic interests
  • These same tendencies would later pull the
    country into WWI

The Perils of Neutrality
  • Pres. Wilson proclaimed U.S. neutrality as soon
    as the war began
  • He asked the American people to be neutral in
    thought as well as in action
  • Most Americans agreed with Wilson that the U.S.
    should not fight
  • But few had neutral feelings
  • Wilson and the majority of Americans had
    emotional bonds with England

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • In 1917, Wilson asked Congress to declare war on
  • Reasons for this change
  • 1.) Wilson became convinced that for the U.S. to
    shape the postwar settlement, it must participate
    in the fighting
  • 2.) Wilsons handling of the issue of neutral
    rights on the high seas pulled the country into a
    war with Germany

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • The British violated our rights to trade by
    mining the North Sea and stopping ships and goods
    bound for Germany
  • Wilsons protests were not vigorous enough to
    prevent the British from ending almost all
    German-American trade
  • Germany retaliated with unrestricted submarine
  • This led to injuries and the deaths of civilians,
    including Americans, in the sinking of Allied
    ships (Lusitania and Sussex)

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • This led to injuries and the deaths of civilians,
    including Americans, in the sinking of Allied
    ships (Lusitania and Sussex)
  • History Channel video

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • In ever more threatening notes, Wilson warned
    Germany to stop unrestricted submarine warfare or
    the U.S. would break off diplomatic relations
  • Some believed Wilsons policies would needlessly
    pull the U.S.A. into the War

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • 3.) American citizens between 1914 and 1917
    developed a large economic stake in an Allied
  • Made neutrality much more difficult
  • U.S. trade with the Allies increased greatly
  • American investors lent them 2.3 billion to
    finance the items that the U.S. continued to
    depend on for prosperity

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • Between 1914 and 1917, the war on the Western
    Front in Europe degenerated into a bloody
  • British propaganda in the U.S. charged that the
    Germans were committing atrocities

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • The war was a major issue in the 1916 election
  • American public still had desires of peace
  • Wilson ran on reelection reminding voters he
    hadnt gone to war
  • Republican candidate, Charles Evans Hughes,
    sometimes called for a tougher stand against
  • Other times he criticized Wilson for having been
    too threatening

The Perils of Neutrality (cont.)
  • Wilsons close victory seemed to indicate that
    the majority of Americans still hoped to avoid
    participation in the conflict

The United States Enters the War
  • Jan. 1917, Germany fully unleashed its U-boats
  • Germany decided that full use of its submarines
    would contribute more to its victory than keeping
    the U.S. out of the war
  • Wilson responded by breaking off diplomatic

The United States Enters the War (cont.)
  • During Feb. and March, Germany U-boats attacked 5
    American ships
  • And the U.S. learned of the Zimmermann Note
  • On April 2, 1917, Wilson asked Congress to
    declare war on Germany
  • It did so after a short, bitter debate

The United States Enters the War (cont.)
  • 3 important factors produced the declaration of
  • German attacks on American shipping
  • U.S. economic investment in the Allied cause
  • American cultural links to the Allies

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Mobilizing at Home, Fighting in France, 1917-1918
  • Raising, Training, and Testing an Army
  • After declaring war on Germany, Congress passed
    the Selective Service Act
  • About 3 million men were drafted
  • Both volunteers and draftees were sent to
    home-front training camps
  • War Dept. monitored their behavior
  • Warning them of the dangers of sex and alcohol

Raising, Training, and Testing an Army (cont.)
  • Psychologists administered their newly developed
    IQ tests
  • Measured educational attainment and not
  • 12,000 Native Americans served in the army
  • Integrated with white troops
  • 260,000 African Americans in the army
  • Assigned to all black units

Raising, Training, and Testing an Army (cont.)
  • The navy used blacks only in menial positions
  • The marines excluded blacks entirely
  • Racist civilians provoked clashes with
    African-American soldiers stationed in Houston

Organizing the Economy for War
  • To mobilize the economy behind the war effort,
    the federal govt. imposed an unprecedented amount
    of regulation on American business
  • It did this by creating thousands of special
    wartime agencies
  • War Industries Board, Food Administration, U.S.
    Railroad Administration, etc.

Organizing the Economy for War (cont.)
  • War Industries Board
  • Allocated scarce materials
  • Established production priorities
  • Introduced more efficient production practices
  • Food Administration
  • Encouraged farmers to increase output
  • Exhorting civilians to conserve food and fiber
  • U.S. Railroad Administration
  • Consolidated all the privately owned rail lines
    into one
  • Govt. ran them for the rest of the War

Organizing the Economy for War (cont.)
  • These govt. regulations were mostly dismantled
    after the armistice
  • The govt. regulations also did not prevent
    soaring wartime profits or corporate mergers

Promoting the War and Suppressing Dissent
  • Advertising the War
  • Wilson believed that the federal govt. must
    promote unanimous support for the war
  • Sec. of the Treasury William G. McAdoo pioneered
    in using advertising techniques and propaganda to
    sell war bonds
  • Posters
  • Parades
  • Movie stars
  • War bonds covered about 2/3s of the wars costs
  • The rest came from increased federal income tax
    and other taxes

Advertising the War (cont.)
  • Committee on Public Information
  • George Creel
  • Main job was to popularize the war
  • Posters
  • Advertisements
  • News releases
  • Films
  • 75,000 speakers around the nation

Advertising the War (cont.)
Advertising the War (cont.)
Advertising the War (cont.)
  • Many Progressive reformers, muckrakers, teachers,
    and religious leaders supported the war
  • The U.S. was in a struggle to spread liberalism,
    democracy, and other American values

Wartime Intolerance and Dissent
  • Fear and intolerance mounted
  • Anti-German hysteria
  • German-Americans were victimized
  • Hatred of anyone who questioned Americas
    participation in the war
  • Antiwar radicals were verbally and physically

Opponents of the War
  • Despite all the patriotic pressure, some
    Americans continued to oppose the war
  • Some German-Americans
  • Religious pacifists
  • A minority of womens rights and progressive
    leaders pointed out that the war was killing
    reform and unleashing reaction and intolerance
  • Jane Addams
  • Randolph Bourne

Opponents of the War (cont.)
  • Many socialists branded the war a crusade to
    protect capitalists profits
  • They also saw no reason for workers to die to
    enrich their bosses
  • There was also considerable resistance to the
    draft in the rural South

Suppressing Dissent by Law
  • Espionage and Sedition Acts
  • Govt. attempt to silence these dissenters
  • Made it a crime to criticize the war, govt.,
    Constitution, or armed forces
  • About 1,500 people were convicted and jailed
  • Eugene Debs was the most famous
  • The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of
    the laws with the clear and present danger

Economic and Social Trends in Wartime America
  • Boom Times in Industry and Agriculture
  • Stimulated by war, the American economy boomed
  • The real income of farmers and unskilled workers
    rose significantly
  • Thousands of workers streamed into industrial
    centers to take jobs in war plants
  • The influx created terrible housing, school, and
    other shortages in the cities

African-Americans Migrate Northward
  • Reduced immigration and soaring war production
    created labor shortages in northern industries
  • Southern African-Americans learned of these new
    job opportunities
  • Labor recruiters
  • African-American-owned newspapers
  • Letters
  • Word of mouth

African-Americans Migrate Northward (cont.)
  • About 500,000 African-Americans migrated to the
  • Hoped to escape southern racism and find good
  • In northern cities whites resented the
    African-American newcomers
  • Competed for jobs
  • Competed for housing
  • Race riots broke out
  • East St. Louis, IL
  • July 2, 1917

East St. Louis race riots
  • Iba B. Wells account of East St. Louis riots

Women in Wartime
  • Many womens rights activists hoped that the war
    would lead to equality for women
  • During the war, thousands of women served in the
    military and in volunteer organizations
  • About 1 million took jobs in industry

Women in Wartime (cont.)
  • 19th Amendment
  • Passed in 1920
  • Womens suffrage
  • Those holding well-paying jobs in industry
    generally were replaced by men returning form
    wartime service

Public Health Crisis The 1918 Influenza Pandemic
  • Towards the end of the war, a worldwide outbreak
    of influenza occurred
  • Killed about 30 million people
  • 6 times as many Americans died of the flu as were
    slaughtered in battle in France
  • 555,000
  • Army camps and cities were hit the hardest

The War and Progressivism
  • The war strengthened the prohibition movement
  • Antiliquor forces argued that the unpatriotic
    German-American brewers should be put out of
  • The grain used to manufacture whiskey and gin
    would be better used to feed the armed forces

The War and Progressivism (cont.)
  • 18th Amendment
  • 1919
  • Banning the manufacture, transportation, or sale
    of alcoholic beverages
  • The war also boosted the Progressive Era
    antiprostitution campaign
  • Produced a brief flurry of protective labor laws
  • But in most areas the intolerant, repressive war
    atmosphere stifled progressivism

Joyous Armistice, Bitter Aftermath, 1918-1920
  • Wilsons Fourteen Points the Armistice
  • Wilson presented his fourteen-point peace plan in
    a speech to Congress in Jan. 1918
  • It included self-determination, impartial
    adjustment of colonial claims, freedom of the
    seas, reduced armaments, a world association of
  • Wilson's Fourteen Points speech

Wilsons Fourteen Points the Armistice (cont.)
  • Whether Wilson could get those ideas incorporated
    in the treaties signed at the end of the war
    remained to be seen
  • Oct. 1918, revolutionaries in Germany overthrew
    the Kaiser and proclaimed a republic
  • Nov. 11, 1918, the armistice was signed
  • History Channel video

The Versailles Peace Conference, 1919
Palace of Versailles
The Versailles Peace Conference, 1919 (cont.)
  • Wilson personally headed the American delegation
    to Versailles
  • He appointed no prominent Republicans to the
  • This was a political mistake since a
    Republican-controlled Senate would have to ratify
    any treaty signed
  • David Lloyd George
  • Georges Clemenceau
  • Vittorio Orlando

The Versailles Peace Conference, 1919 (cont.)
  • The other members of the Big 4 had no faith in
    the Fourteen Points
  • They all wanted to punish Germany
  • The Treaty of Versailles that was produced
    contained some of Wilsons points
  • Independence for Poland and the Baltic states
  • Overall the Treaty was harsh and punitive

The Versailles Peace Conference, 1919 (cont.)
  • The Treaty aroused resentment and desire for
    revenge in Germany
  • History Channel video
  • Wilson and the Allied leaders also attempted to
    overthrow the Bolsheviks in Russia
  • They wanted to isolate and weaken the
    Communist-controlled Russia

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The Fight over the League of Nations
  • Dismayed at the treatys punitive features,
    Wilson concentrated his hopes on the League of
    Nations part of it
  • In July 1919, Wilson submitted the Treaty of
    Versailles to the Senate for ratification
  • The Senate twice failed to ratify by Treaty and
    the League of Nations by the necessary 2/3s
  • Nov. 1919
  • March. 1920

The Fight over the League of Nations (cont.)
  • Republican isolationists would not ratify the
  • They believed the U.S. should stay out of
    European affairs
  • Republican reservationists demanded changes in
    the treaty
  • Led by Henry Cabot Lodge
  • Wilson refused to accept any changes to the

Racism and Red Scare, 1919-1920
  • The war-generated intolerance and antiradical
    hysteria reached a peak in 1919-1920
  • Lynch mobs killed 76 blacks
  • Race riots broke out in more than 25 cities
  • The bloodies occurred in Chicago
  • A rash of postwar strikes and a series of bombing
    incidents convinced many Americans that the
    country was on the verge of a communist uprising

Racism and Red Scare, 1919-1920 (cont.)
  • To protect against this supposed danger, the
    Justice Department raided the homes and meeting
    places of suspected radicals and arrested more
    than 4,000
  • Led by A. Mitchell Palmer
  • Most times, there was no evidence that they had
    committed any crime
  • Aliens suspected of radicalism were deported

The Election of 1920
  • Democrats nominated James Cox
  • Republicans nominated Warren G. Harding
  • Appealed to the public with his promise of a
    return to normalcy
  • Harding easily won
  • Hardings victory ended any chance for U.S.
    membership and participation in the League

  • WWI brought death to 10 million people worldwide
  • 112,000 Americans
  • The War transformed American society
  • Helped to pass the 18th and 19th Amendments
  • Gave the country its first taste of active govt.
    regulation of the economy

Conclusion (cont.)
  • Although Washington retreated from activism in
    the 1920s and Progressive reform seemed dead,
    during the Great Depression of the 1930s some of
    these WWI regulatory agencies and social programs
    would serve as models for the New Deal
  • In the short run, the intolerance and repression
    that grew during the war arrested further
    Progressive reform
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