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Who Opposed US Involvement In World War 1 And Why

Why were many in the U.S. opposed to entering WWI?

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There were many currents of opposition to World War I in the United States. Capitalists such as Henry Ford believed that capitalism was a force for diplomacy and peace, but Ford's mission to forge peace in Europe in 1915 was sadly unsuccessful. Some Irish-Americans were opposed to supporting the British in the war, and some German-Americans opposed joining the war against Germany. Women's groups and religious groups were also in favor of pacifism and believed that the United States should stay out of the war, and the left, including Socialists and Marxists, felt that the war was only for the benefit of the bourgeoisie. These groups supported Wilson during his re-election campaign of 1916, when he ran on the slogan "He kept us out of war." However, when Wilson decided to send American troops to the war in 1917, he argued that fighting in the war would result in greater world peace, as it was "a war to end all wars." Many of the groups that had formerly opposed the war supported Wilson's...

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