The Importance Of The United States Enter World War I

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The United State did not enter World War I when it first began in 1914. President
Woodrow Wilson worked hard to keep his word of keeping the United States out of the war (Feldman, 2004). Gradually over time people changed their minds and feelings about the United States involvement in the war. It was at this time that the United States was directly being attacked (Snyder and Derwinski, 1958). In 1918 at the end of World War I which some people referred to as “the Great War” the United States had decided to enter the war to defend herself and broker peace and stability in Europe.
World War I began in 1914 when Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated
(Silbergeld, 2002). Then Europe began forming alliances based through treaties amongst
themselves
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After an onslaught of torpedoing United States ships there was a realization that the United States would be ruined if something was not done to stop
Germany (Snyder and Derwinski, 1958). Then the Lusitania and the Sussex were brought down with many American civilians on board (Pennell, 2014). This would prove to be the final and last straw. On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War by declaring war on Germany (Snyder and Derwinski, 1958).
In spring of 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service Act requiring all
American men ages twenty-one to thirty to register for the draft into the new United
States army (Feldman, 2004). Numbers were drawn and eligible men holding that number were called for examination and either taken into the army or declared exempt (Feldman,

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2004). Once the men were sent out for training and then on to fight, Russia withdrew from the fighting and began its own talks of peace treaties with Germany (Feldman,
2004). Russia had come under new rule (Snyder and Derwinski, 1958). Once Russia withdrew from the fight it seemed that Allied forces could very well crumble, but this was not to be the case (Feldman, 2004). The United States entry would ensure the
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These Fourteen Points were sent to the enemy by any mean available. They were scattered from airplanes, shot by rockets, and broadcast by radio (Snyder and Derwinski, 1958). President Wilson’s Fourteen Points included: an end to secret diplomacy, freedom of the seas, trade equality for all nations, reduction of weapons of war, changed to purpose of colonies, evacuation of Russia,
Serbia, Montenegro, and Rumania, restoration of Belgium, return of Alsace-Lorraine to
France, adjust Italian borders, freedom of Austria-Hungary and Turkey, an independent
Polish state, and finally the most important was the establishment of the League of
Nations (Snyder and Derwinski, 1958). Russia would later expose secret treaties among the Allies none of which the United States had taken part in (Snyder and Derwinski,
1958).

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In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson would become the first United States president to travel to Europe during a presidential term (Snyder and Derwinski, 1958).
The fighting had ended though the cease fire was not official upon them yet (Pennell,
2014). The war had finally ended and now thirty-two allied nations were giving

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