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Why did the United States enter World War I?

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Posted April 1, 2008 at 8:16 AM via web

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Why did the United States enter World War I?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 1, 2008 at 9:00 AM (Answer #2)

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Since the beginning of World War I in 1914, the United States, under President Woodrow Wilson, had maintained strict neutrality, other than providing material assistance to the Allies. Even in May 1915, when a German submarine sank the British ocean liner Lusitania, killing 128 U.S. citizens out of a total 1,200 dead, the United States, though in uproar, remained neutral. 

In January 1917, Germany announced that it would lift all restrictions on submarine warfare starting on February 1. This declaration meant that German U-boat commanders were suddenly authorized to sink all ships that they believed to be providing aid of any sort to the Allies. Because the primary goal was to starve Britain into surrendering, the German effort would focus largely on ships crossing the Atlantic from the United States and Canada.

The first victim of this new policy was the American cargo ship Housatonic, which a German U-boat sank on February 3, 1917. Although Wilson tried hard to keep the United States neutral, by the spring of 1917, the situation had changed significantly, and neutrality no longer seemed feasible. Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare was taking its toll, as American ships, both cargo and passenger, were sunk one after another.  Finally, on April 2, Wilson appeared before Congress and requested a declaration of war. Congress responded within days, officially declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

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jesusjice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM (Reply #1)

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Not to disagree with what you are saying because all of what you said was right i would just like to add that the real pushing point for the U.S to become involved in WW I was not the sinking of their ships and killing of U.S citizens ( even though it was a huge reason for it) it was The Zimmermann Telegram sent from Germany in January 1917 to Mexico telling them to attack the U.S's southern border ( but we all know that the British intercepted the message and told the U.S). An when the U.S found out The President had no choice but to become involved in WW I. Because you have to look at how heavily American culture and politics were swayed by the isolationist policy in the Monroe doctrine; and the President really did not want to go against it even after people were killed and ships were sank by the Greman's U-boats, all on top many of the American people wanting justice for those crimes but also reluctant to act because of their isolationist policy. It really torn at the President but when he got word of the Zimmermann Telegram he knew he had to act and delcare war on Germany for the sank of the American people and how they veiwed him as a leader.

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 5, 2008 at 7:35 AM (Answer #3)

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The United States, led by President Woodrow Wilson, did not want to be involved in World War I. When Wilson ran for re-election in 1916, his campaign slogan was "He kept us out of the war" referring to the European conflict that was then referred to as the "Great War." However, by 1917, sentiment was changing with regard to the war.

Although the U.S. had yet to become officially involved in the war, most Americans supported the Allies and saw the Germans as aggressors. Americans felt a connection to Great Britain, in particular, because of cultural similarities. Germany angered Americans with their U-boats sinking American ships suspected of aiding the Allies. With the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, a British cruise ship, 128 Americans were among those who lost their lives. The Germans temporarily halted such actions but in 1917 resumed unrestricted Naval warfare. At the same time, the British intercepted a message, called the Zimmerman Note, asking the government of Mexico to declare war on the U.S., if war broke out between the U. S. and Germany. The note also promised to help Mexico regain the territory of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico if Mexico declared war on the United States. This note was the final push that Wilson needed to turn public sentiment towards war. The U.S. Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM (Answer #1)

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The United States entered the war because of the Germans' decision to resume the policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, and the so-called "Zimmerman telegram," intercepted by the British, in which Germany floated the idea of an alliance with Mexico. Unrestricted submarine warfare, a desperate effort to counter the British blockade of Germany, would lead to the sinking of American merchant ships heading for England, and had been employed by the Germans before. They abandoned it in the face of US pressure earlier in the war. Its resumption was enough to cause Woodrow Wilson to renounce his stated position of neutrality, as his war speech to Congress demonstrates:

The new policy has swept every restriction aside. Vessels of every kind, whatever their flag, their character, their cargo, their destination, their errand, have been ruthlessly sent to the bottom without warning and without thought of help or mercy for those on board, the vessels of friendly neutrals along with those of belligerents.

While there was significant opposition to the war in the United States, the official position was that the nation could not tolerate such an imposition on its rights as a sovereign nation, to say nothing of the effect of the Zimmerman telegram. American entry into the war broke what had been a bloody stalemate. US troops were instrumental in repulsing a German offensive, and led the way in an Allied offensive, the combined effect of which fatally weakened the German army. Politically, many Europeans hoped that US entry in the war would result in a treaty based on Wilson's Fourteen Points, but the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended the conflict contained few of its provisions.

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csmitherseagle | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 6, 2010 at 2:53 AM (Answer #8)

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The United States entered World War I because of a boat and a note. The boat was the Lusitania, which was sunk by German U-boats. This angered the Americans, but that was not what led them into the war. The true reason why they got into the war was because of the British intercepting a telegram that was going to the government of Mexico from the Germans. The man who sent this telegram was a man by the name of Arthur Zimmerman. The note specifically said that Mexico could declare war on America to get the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. But that would only happen if US goes into war with Germany. That was all that it took for America to get in there and fight. The US government declared to go into battle on April 6, 1917.

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 18, 2010 at 10:41 PM (Answer #9)

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At the start of the war, Woodrow Wilson, the President of USA, at first didn't want to be part of the war, but something drastic happened to the image of the country that forced them to emerge from darkness into war-torn countries and help repress the assault by Germany.

The year 1917 proved to be a decisive year, due to the fact that USA entered the war on the side of the Allied Powers, tilting the war to their favor and push the success of their frontal assault against Germany's push for supremacy. Germany had used submarines, or U-boats to attack ships carrying food or war supplies to the Allied Powers, to demoralize the soldiers, and unearthed a crack in the structure of the Great Powers, and give them a opportunity to counter-attack them, giving them the edge in battle. In the midst, in one of their attacks, they sank a British ship called Lusitania, which had American passengers and 128 of them lost their lives during the naval strike. This prove to be a blow to USA, and a threat to national security, and many Americans, urged their government to join the war against Germany in retaliation against the horrible carnage. So, USA declared war against Germany in April 1917, and this spark the victory of the Allied Powers.

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sungsophia | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 3, 2011 at 3:56 PM (Answer #12)

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1)The USA was forced to join the war in 1917 because she lent money to Britaina and Frnace, She joined the war on their side and hope they would win and return the loan to the USA.

2) Germany was hostile to the USA even before she joined the war. Germany sunk passenger liner Lusitania in 1915 and killed many American civilians. This angered the USA.

3) Germany began a new caompaign of unrestricted welfare on merchant ships trading with Britian and her allies. This threatened the security of shipping which involved neutral states, such as USA.

4) Germany expected the USA to join the war. Germany approached the Mexican government and planned to attack the USA from Mexico. The plan was divulged. The US government was furious and decided to join the war.

5) So, the USA, which was not interested in European welfare was forced to join the First World War.

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vonrenee | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 4, 2011 at 6:53 AM (Answer #13)

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The United states entered WW1 for several reasons. This is a subject that my fifth graders research each year.

1. The sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-ship has been considered the main reason, the last straw. The Lusitania was a British ship carrying over 1900 passentgers. When it was torpedoed by the German sub a total of 1158 people were killed of which 148 were Americans.

2. Propaganda was also another reason. Newpapers and news reels depicted Germans as barabaric and vicious people. This helped fuel the fire for the United States to have a negative attitude about Germans and their supporters.

3. Like all wars, this war cost money. The United States had made substantial investments to both Britain and France. It was important to the US that they win the war in order to be able to reimburse the US.

4. I would consider loyalty to be another factor if not for entering the war, at least for causing the United States to be supportive of Britain and France. The Uniited States and these countries had established a positive relationship with each other even before the war. 

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davidcahatman | Student | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted June 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM (Answer #16)

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The immediate cause of America's entry into World War I in April 1917 was the German announcement of unrestricted submarine warfare, and the subsequent sinking of ships with Americans on board (the Lusetania)

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jdkotliar | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 18, 2011 at 4:33 AM (Answer #17)

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While the official trigger was the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare and of course the emotional reaction to the Zimmerman note, I think more crucial was the combination of the ideological sympathy of the progressive with the Allied Powers over the Central Powers, and the strong financial incentive for American Capital for an Allied victory, of which they were heavily invested.  President Wilson also believed by entering the war on the side of the allies he could affect the terms of the peace to provide a just and lasting piece, something he did not think he could influence as a neutral observer.  While there was a sizeable population of Americans of german descent in the United States as well as those of Irish descent who were very unsympathetic with the United Kingdom, the overwhelming economic ties in Europe were to the Western Allies over the Central Powers.  Thus the British Blockade of the Central Powers did not cause the same degree of reaction as the German blockade of the U.K. and France.  Submarines were also viewed as underhanded and "sneaky" as opposed to the surface vessels used by the British in their blockade.

 

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Posted July 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM (Answer #19)

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t appears many American's don't know their History...or perhaps don't want to admit the truth. Every war America has ever been involved in (to this day) has been a conspiracy. In the case of WWI,  Germany requested peaceful negotiations with the U.S.  Wilson denied.  He then proceeded to ask for athority to arm merchant ships carrying munitions and other contraband to "allies" Many Americans protested....the people did not want to be involved in the war.Back then, just like now, a corrupt U.S. Presdient and many members of the Senate wanted war, after all, there was a depression increasing and war would "bring prosperity".  We are now still holding on to such false bravado.  Back to Wilson...it might be added that he ordered these ships without gaining consent from Congress . Our now turbulent country was faced with conscription, so many young American's died for no purpose. Long b4 the actual conscription, the machinery for this operation had been built in secret.  Wilson perpetrated this war, just like Presidents throughout our History have perpetrated wars  It is beginning to sound anti-American to continue to believe we are "fighting for our security and freedom". War does not "serve our country", and those women and men being used as pawns for MIC profit are not "serving our nation". Study American Imperialism. We can only save our country by the polulace waking up and protesting against our foreign policy. God Bless America.

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nrvangiesen | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 2, 2011 at 1:55 AM (Answer #20)

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The United States entered the war after Germany sank two of our battleships.

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lovepeacea | Student | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM (Answer #21)

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The United States entered World War I because of a boat and a note.

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xoxosoccergirlxo | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:51 AM (Answer #22)

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i believe the united states also entered the war because of the zimmerman telegram. germany was trying to get mexico to be an alliance with them. the united states entered the war because if mexico and germany became allies, than they would have to worry about having to wage a war with mexico.

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dtrasj102 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM (Answer #23)

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Because the U.S had evidence of a threat to its national security. Woodrow Wilson felt it his duty to try and protect America....by fighting back.

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safiyullah | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted September 18, 2011 at 11:42 PM (Answer #24)

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USA entered the world war 2 after the massive Japanese attack on pearl harbour. thousands of people were killed in that attack , many warships were sunk and the American fleet suffered a huge loss of lives and ships

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bla603 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 28, 2011 at 2:09 AM (Answer #25)

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because the sinking of one of our boats by germany

 

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shweta12patel | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted October 3, 2011 at 5:28 AM (Answer #26)

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it entered world war 1 because germans had attacked a ship killing 128 americans igniting the anger and so it entered

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patelmilia98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 13, 2011 at 5:40 AM (Answer #28)

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they entered the WWI because of the attack on the pearl harbor in hawaii

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vakan | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM (Answer #31)

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They also entered the WWI because they wanted to get the recognition of European nations which, at that time, deeply despised the USA

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isks149 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 15, 2012 at 3:25 PM (Answer #32)

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  • There were unauthorized German submarines along the US East coast. Germany's resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare in the spring of 1917 provided the final straw for US politicians, and America declared war.
  • The first and foremost answer would be the sinking of the Lusitania, an British cruise/transport ship, bound for Britain from New York. The German U-boat ring sought to sink all supply ships headed for Britain in order to starve the island. It sank the Lusitania as part of its efforts. 1195 people died, including 128 Americans.
  • The Lusitania's sinking was the biggest influence on the American decision to enter the war. German submarine warfare (the Lusitania is included in this) sunk many ships over several years.
  • Had it not been for the Lusitania, the US would have stayed out of the War.

 

 

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Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM (Answer #33)

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FDR, who was at that time appointed as Assistant Secretary to the Navy by Wilson and was on record as concluding there was a conspiracy in the United States. In a letter to Colonel Edward Mandell House, FDR wrote, "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson, and I am not wholly excepting the administration of W.W. (Woodrow Wilson.) The country is going through a repetition of Jackson's fight with the Bank of the United States—only on a far bigger and broader basis."

Once one understands the financial history of our country and the world, only then can they know the treachery and control elite bankers had.

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – James Madison

“War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.” – George Orwell

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djlp18 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2012 at 5:55 AM (Answer #34)

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1.) The US of A only wanted to preserve its freedom.

2.) Most of its friends in Europe (the Allies) are in war with the Central Powers.

3.) For the lives that German people killed.

*Germany having lost the war felt bitter beacause of the "Treaty of Versailles"

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jgumfreak | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM (Answer #35)

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They entered the Worl War I because they did so. they wanted to purchase the dictators, and restor peace in the world. But it was mainly in europe that the war raged. But the answers above are all of better quality.

No they entered because of a telogram that had been messed with from Germany, them finding out the some if the countries in Europe had tried to turn Mexico and Canda agenst them, and the sinking of a ship from U-Boats that Germany had made that killed several American people on it.

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peterttly | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM (Answer #36)

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Since the beginning of World War I in 1914, the United States, under President Woodrow Wilson, had maintained strict neutrality, other than providing material assistance to the Allies. Even in May 1915, when a German submarine sank the British ocean liner Lusitania, killing 128 U.S. citizens out of a total 1,200 dead, the United States, though in uproar, remained neutral. 

In January 1917, Germany announced that it would lift all restrictions on submarine warfare starting on February 1. This declaration meant that German U-boat commanders were suddenly authorized to sink all ships that they believed to be providing aid of any sort to the Allies. Because the primary goal was to starve Britain into surrendering, the German effort would focus largely on ships crossing the Atlantic from the United States and Canada.

The first victim of this new policy was the American cargo ship Housatonic, which a German U-boat sank on February 3, 1917. Although Wilson tried hard to keep the United States neutral, by the spring of 1917, the situation had changed significantly, and neutrality no longer seemed feasible. Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare was taking its toll, as American ships, both cargo and passenger, were sunk one after another.  Finally, on April 2, Wilson appeared before Congress and requested a declaration of war. Congress responded within days, officially declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

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bellby | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM (Answer #40)

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the reason why we had world war one is because Franz ferdinand the arch duke of spain got killed and thats what started world war one.

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santon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM (Answer #41)

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World War I is the "Great War", the war to end all wars. The United States wanted the world to know, we were NEUTRAL, but were we really?

Politically, economically and psychologically, we were not isolated by any means. The U.S. did not want to commit to a war, continents away. Let those in war's path do the dirty work, we would make money off of their involvment. It was enevitable and we were doing our part in other ways.

We sold our allies war supplies, remember the Lusitania and so many ships traveling cross-Atlantic?

We made gained ecomonic profits, we did see our young men rally, volunteer and die with our allies, and yes we provided strategic support in many realms.

Did we have a choice? Neutrality in its pure form was not an option. The Industrial Revolution bound the world together. We could not publically commit in 1914, but in 1917 we had little choice due to the losses of our allies.

The United States people saw itself as the "savior" of the righteous, but our politicians had already set us up by involving the U.S. behind closed doors.

This was a war that resulted from Industrialization, Nationalism and Imperialism. The world was changed forever. Larger countries felt a moral duty to defend and profit.

Consider this, the world was in a great depression and the world was left in a greater depression following WWI.

One thing we would never stand for was the "Zimmerman" telegraph event. The Monroe Doctorine would be defended, no matter what the cost.

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Posted October 6, 2012 at 9:40 PM (Answer #45)

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The United States, led by President Woodrow Wilson, did not want to be involved in World War I. When Wilson ran for re-election in 1916, his campaign slogan was "He kept us out of the war" referring to the European conflict that was then referred to as the "Great War." However, by 1917, sentiment was changing with regard to the war.

Although the U.S. had yet to become officially involved in the war, most Americans supported the Allies and saw the Germans as aggressors. Americans felt a connection to Great Britain, in particular, because of cultural similarities. Germany angered Americans with their U-boats sinking American ships suspected of aiding the Allies. With the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, a British cruise ship, 128 Americans were among those who lost their lives. The Germans temporarily halted such actions but in 1917 resumed unrestricted Naval warfare. At the same time, the British intercepted a message, called the Zimmerman Note, asking the government of Mexico to declare war on the U.S., if war broke out between the U. S. and Germany. The note also promised to help Mexico regain the territory of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico if Mexico declared war on the United States. This note was the final push that Wilson needed to turn public sentiment towards war. The U.S. Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

Yes, the ZIMMERMANN TELEGRAM, was the 9/11 of the year 1917, once the U.S. Public learned through the 1917 Mass Media, [NEWSPAPERS], what was taking place, in respect to, the main cause of why the U.S. entered World War One on April 6, 1917.

The issue of sinking ships from U.S. Ports, were mentioned, but were NOT key notes, to justify entering World War One, because it was rumored ships leaving U.S. ports to travel over the Atlantic Ocean to England, were bringing war supplies to use against the Germans, and the Germans advertised in local U.S. Port Newspapers this concern, and the intentions of the German Navy to sink such ships.

ZIMMERMANN TELEGRAM Main Points:

  • The secret use of the 'Western Union Telegraph Service,' to send messages to conspire with a foreign nation, "MEXICO", to attack the United States along the U.S.-Mexico Boarder, on a telegraphed service which was American owned, which the United States was allowing the German Embassy to use, because officially the U.S. was a Neutral Nation up until April 6, 1917, and was allowing the British to use the same service.
  • The threat to the safety-sovereignty of 3 to 5 U.S. States, and U.S. Citizens, from a possible armed invasion, with the use of an American owned Telegraph Service, to negotiate with the Mexican Government, to make a second war with the United States, with the goal of re-taking Mexican Lands, which were now owned by America, due to the 1846-1848 U.S.-Mexican War.  

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jeremydodson | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM (Answer #49)

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The Germans used U Boats to attack the Lusitania, because they thought that the cargo was weapons and ammunition. There were 107 Americans on board the ship. Britain intercepted a telegraph called the Zimmerman Telegraph which urged the government of Mexico to attack the United States. Congress officially declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. This was a war resulting from nationalism, imperialism, and militarism. 

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Posted April 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM (Answer #50)

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Germany's UBoats. They destroyed American Submarines. USA was neutral. Thus. War.

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justinyu | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM (Answer #51)

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zimmerman telegram and the sinking of the lusitania. 

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Posted May 1, 2013 at 1:09 AM (Answer #52)

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With the sinking of the British ship the Lusitania which there was American people on board, America joined the war because the British were struggling serverly. America believed in freedom and they wanted Britian to have that as well. Also another reason was the Zimmerman telegram saying that Mexico was in ties with Germany and that they were going to attack America. 

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hadjartahax | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted May 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM (Answer #53)

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because it could support other countries

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rachit96 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:22 PM (Answer #15)

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Initially the United States were uninterested to take part in the great European war. But there mind-set was broken when the anguish Germany with the help of it's submarines attacked the 'Atlantic Liner' which was carrying British as well as American passengers. Thus, the offended Americans declared war on first Germany and then the other Axis powers. Therefore the United States became directly envolved in the World War I.

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Posted October 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM (Answer #29)

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Why did the United States enter World War I?

Why did the United States enter World War I?

 

the easy answer is a non-agression pact with other nations.  Effectively it was if A hits B, then C who is an ally of B must step in and help.  Then D who is in an ally of A has to assist in fighting both B and C, etc., until you have countries like X and Y fighting, who were not involved to begin with, fighting to defend or assist A and B.

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abigailmarie | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 19, 2012 at 6:16 AM (Answer #42)

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Becuase of Germans sinking our ships filled with cargo and things

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mscurry | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM (Answer #48)

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The most common answer, and possibly the right one, is the sinking of the British Passenger ship Lusitania, where a number of US citizens died. In addition to the answer above: "After submarines sank seven US merchant ships and the publication of the Zimmerman Telegram, Wilson called for war on Germany, which the US Congress declared on 6 April 1917."
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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM (Answer #54)

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President Wilson sought to distance America from WWI by issuing proclamation of neutrality. But, the German challenged to American Neutrality. Germany launched a campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare. In 1917, the German foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmerman, sent a secret telegram to the German minister in Mexico. The telegram asked Mexico to join a military alliance against U.S. The Germans promised to help Mexico regain their territories that they lost. Wilson declared war! He accused the germans of violating freedom of seas and interfering with Mexico.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2014 at 3:21 PM (Answer #55)

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Mainly it was when President Wilson found out that Germany wanted to get Mexico into the campaign against US.

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Chantelm | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM (Answer #56)

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After trying to remain neutral, Wilson decided to declare war because of the sinking of an American ship called the Lusitania and also a secret telegram sent by the British to New Mexico sparked an awakening in American's decision of joining WWI 

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM (Answer #57)

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The usa entered because of the sinking of the lusitania, an american boat (many americans died angering the citizens) Also the zimmerman note sent to mexico, telling them to attack the usa

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gkar94yoda80 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM (Answer #59)

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There will never be a clear answer to this question, but Woodrow Wilson's idealism, the growth of U.S. nationalism, and the Zimmerman note all played a role in compelling the United States to enter World War I. 

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted May 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM (Answer #60)

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There were quite a few reasons why the US entered WW1. Along the East coast there was unauthorized German submarines and warfare, Also, when Lusitania sank that created a huge issue and was probably the main reason for war. The ship included almost 1200 people dying and there was about 128 Americans who did in that ship. This was the last straw for the US

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 20, 2014 at 1:14 AM (Answer #62)

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They entered world war 1 because Germany destroyed a ship that killed a lot of passengers and this made U.S mad.

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fashionableb1 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 1, 2014 at 1:51 AM (Answer #63)

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The United States entered into WW1 because of two major reasons:

  1. The sinking of the Lusitania and a few other American cargo ship by unauthorized German submarines called uber boats or u-boats
  2. The Zimmerman Telegram was a telegram sent by German officials to the Mexican government basically telling the Mexican government help aid them on their major sneak attack on the United States. Promising to give back the now American territories that once belong to Mexico.

This two reasons caused a big feeling of nationalism among the American people and lifted the Isolationist feeling the people once felt.

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM (Answer #64)

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The Germans sunk our ships that were filled with goods

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM (Answer #65)

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The United States entered World War I for several reasons as stated below:

  • The Lusitania was sunk through Submarine Warfare.
  • Along the east coast of the United States, there were several unauthorized German vessels and this caused another submarine warfare.
  • Some say that the Propaganda really caused President Wilson to go through with the United States entrance within the war.
  • Zimmerman Telegraph pushed the Americans because of the surprised alliance between Germany and Mexico.
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taangerine | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM (Answer #66)

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The US entered WWI because of M.A.I.N

  • 'M'ilitarism-Being strong enough to protect the citizens of the country. 
  • 'A'lliance System-Helping out the alliances when and where needed. 
  • 'I'mperialism-New trading markets and raw materials from other areas.
  • 'N'ationalism-Pride in one's country. 
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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 20, 2014 at 2:08 AM (Answer #61)

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The US entered WWI because of the bombing of Perl harbor.

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