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How did the US prepare for entry into World War I?

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cmebecarolyn | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 11, 2011 at 1:55 AM via web

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How did the US prepare for entry into World War I?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:00 AM (Answer #1)

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The US had to do a few things to prepare for entry into WWI.  Among them were:

  • Persuasion.  The government needed to persuade the people that going to war was the right thing to do.  This was done through the Committee on Public Information.
  • Coordination with business.  The US government could not or did not want to simply tell businesses what to make to help the war effort.  Instead, the government tried to coordinate its needs with those of business.  It offerred good prices for the things it wanted made and it tried to persuade businesses to act out of patriotism to make what was needed.
  • Training the military.  The US had to draft soldiers to fight in the war and it had to train them to do so effectively.

In these ways, the US prepared for entry into WWI politically, economically, and militarily.

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