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Title: World War I


1
World War I
  • America Joins the Fight

2
US Neutrality
  • Many Americans were of German and British decent
  • US policy of neutrality made trade possible

3
US Neutrality
  • The country was torn between the two sides and
    who to support
  • US could trade freely with Germany and Britain
    during the war, boosting the American economy

4
Russian Revolution
  • Russian economy is in ruins
  • People are war weary over huge loss of life
  • Czar Nicholas and family are killed by the
    revolutionaries
  • Communist leader Lenin takes over

5
Russian Revolution
  • Russia and Germany declare a truce March 1918
  • Germany sends all of its troops to the Western
    Front
  • Germans advance
  • to the Marne River

6
Lusitania
  • 1917 German policy of unrestricted submarine
    warfare- sink any ship in waters around England
    without warning
  • May 7, 1915 Lusitania is sunk with 128 Americans
    onboard

7
Lusitania
  • American public is outraged
  • Germany eventually agrees to stop attacking
    neutral ships, but later starts attacking again
    in 1917

8
Zimmerman Telegram
  • Germany sends Mexico a telegram encouraging them
    to declare war with America to regain lands lost
    earlier
  • The telegram is intercepted by the United States

9
Zimmerman Telegram
  • American opinion is turned against Germany and
    favorable to the British and allies

10
US Enters War
  • US economic ties and historical bond was much
    stronger with England and public opinion favored
    war with Germany
  • President Wilson wanted to avoid war at all costs
    but was forced to declare war

11
US Enters War
  • Balance of the war tipped in favor of the Allies
  • Infusion of fresh troops and supplies to the
    battle lines favored the Allies
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