The United States And World War I Essay

1194 Words Feb 11th, 2015 5 Pages
The United States’ decision to enter World War I was initially met with negative public opinion. The sheer diversity of the U.S. population made it impossible to support the effort. President Woodrow Wilson, who also wanted to be “neutral in fact as well as in name”, originally hoped to influence the postwar arrangements between the belligerents. However, he was compelled by German attacks on American people and the country’s integrity, leading him to ask Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. The Germans had dishonored previous agreements and they had provoked the United States with threats to take away land the country had rightfully gained. Though the public was against the war, Wilson felt he needed to intervene in the war to ensure a world that was “safe for democracy”. Wilson was justified in involving the United States in World War I because doing so protected the American public, economy, and land as well as setting a precedent for future foreign policies. Wilson found his justification for declaring war on Germany to protect the American public in the violent attacks made against Americans and the Allied Powers due to Germany’s provocative policies and actions. Using the new technology of the U-boat, short for Unterseeboot, Germany enforced unrestricted submarine warfare, warning that all ships bearing the flag of Britain and its allies would be shot down. A prime example of this was the destruction of the British luxury liner, the Lusitania, in…

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