Wilson, WWI and America: Part I

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For a Lecture - American History at the Middle School level.

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  • 1. Wilson, WWI and America Part I.

2. Election of 1912 Wilson -Democrat Roosevelt ProgressiveTaft - Republican LIBERALCONSERVATIVE 3. 41 % 4. What Kind Of Man Was Wilson? Southerner Intellectual Moralist Progressive Lawyer Idealist 5. August 1914...WAR!

  • Declared American neutrality
  • Offered to mediate conflict
  • Sent Colonel Edward House on peace mission
  • Refused to build up U.S. Army

6. Great Britain & Germany violate American Rights at Sea BritishBLOCKADE GermanSubmarine Warfare Diplomatic protests by Wilson & Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan are ignored Sussex Pledge 7. Too proud to fight ! ( In Europebut fighting in Mexico is ok) Zapata Pancho Villa Carranza General Pershing Wilsons intervention in Mexicos revolution, failed. 8. Zimmerman Telegram "We are counting on the probability of war with the United States.things cannot be worse than they are now. The war must be brought to an end by whatever means as soon as possible. Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg Supreme Commander, Imperial German General Staff, 1917 Zimmerman Von Hindenburg 9. a war to make the world safe, for Democracy We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and the freedom of nations can make them. President Woodrow Wilson, 1917 Asking the Congress of the United States for a Declaration of War against the Central Powers