The Importance Of Joining The War
In the Progressive Era the U.S grew to want what was better for the nation and to become the best they could be. Joining the war was not something America thrived on being a part of, yet through, what seemed to be, the only way they jumped into the horrible war to save not only themselves but everyone else. Entering into the Jazz age the United State found a new confidence and became known as the leaders of the free world. As a nation, America chose neutrality, but ended up being dragged into a war the Americans thought of as a horror.
Before the war started in 1914, ultimately over Franz Ferdinand’s assassination on June 28th, 1914, America was growing in what was known as the Progressive Era. This era lasted through the end of the war in the 1920s. It was an era of progression, as the first American urban reform movement, it concerned industrialization and brought about a spirit of optimism among the American people. There was the belief that if the environment can be changed, so could the person. Women during this era fought for the right to take part in politics, something they were not allowed to be a part of. Capitalism was challenged and racial issues were addressed. Muckrakers educated the public by …show more content…
America went from neutrality to war within three years. When America claimed to be neutral, they also accounted neutral rights, to fund either side through loans. The Allied powers (Britain, France and Russia) borrowed two point five billion dollars, while the Central powers only borrowed twenty-seven million dollars, leaving the United States at a greater risk of losing billions of dollars if the central powers were to win (Sloan 1). On top of holding most loans with the allies, in 1914 till 1916 American trade with the allies grew (Jackson). The combined prospects of America, in the power of the allies, caused the Americans to worry about being dragged down and destroyed if the allies were to lose. On top of those, British naval powers blockaded the German territory, keeping the U.S from being able to trade with the Germans, entrapping U.S trading to only participate with trading with the British. By 1916 almost half of American materials were going to the Allies, causing the Germans to believe that the United States had chosen a side (Sloan 1). Due to America being economically tied up in business with the allied side, President Wilson leaned towards the Allies over the Central powers. Not only did the British Naval power blockade German ports, but also neutral ports, stopping goods from