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Why was the United States unable to remain neutral during World War I?

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The United States was unable to remain neutral in World War I. There are several reasons for this. One reason was we were more sympathetic toward the British than toward the Germans. Our language and system of government are very similar. We did a lot of trade and business with Great Britain. Thus, we felt closer to Great Britain than we did to Germany.

Another factor was the Germans interfered with our trade. The Germans used the submarine to attack our ships without warning. This was illegal since we were a neutral country. We had the right to trade with any country since we were neutral. No country could interfere with that trade. If a country at war wanted to search our ships, they could do that. If we were carrying ammunition and war supplies to a country at war, then the country searching our ship could seize the ship and its cargo or remove the crew and sink the ship. Germany didn’t do this. They sunk our ships without warning. When Germany agreed to stop doing this, things got...

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