Wilson had not wanted to do this. Two years later, the Massachusetts Republican would defeat the president's plan for American entry into the League of Nations.
Tensions between the USA and Germany began in February 1915 when Germany announced unrestricted submarine warfare in waters surrounding Great Britain, which was a major US trade partner at the time.
The Zimmerman telegram, which British cryptanalysts have deciphered and transmitted to the U.S., stirred the ire of America so much that the telegrams were published publicly.
The end of World War I did not mark an end to Europe's troubles.
The US entry into World War I is often regarded as the end of what was called the Progressive Movement - the years since 1901 that had seen great reform-minded activism embraced by the national government. The proposal, directed through the German embassy in Mexico, was a straightforward one, written in a most to-the-point fashion: "Make war together, make peace together", said Zimmerman. "Conflicts such as the Balkan wars increased tensions, and it kept building".
The Germans believed they could end the war quickly by taking a more aggressive stance. But he anxious that Americans, majority descendants of the European countries now at war, would be "divided in camps of hostile opinion, hot against each other, involved in the war itself in impulse and opinion if not in action".
The United States was already a global superpower by the time the conflict started but hitherto its policy, certainly in Europe, was based around isolation rather than intervention. Combat alone resulted in a staggering loss of life - anywhere from 9 million to 14 million soldiers were said to have died during the war. Wilson himself, born in 1856, as a boy had watched Gen. Robert E. Lee march his army through Wilson's hometown of Staunton, Virginia, after the surrender at Appomattox, and he witnessed the devastation of Reconstruction firsthand.
European recalcitrance regarding peace led Wilson to the odd insistence that America participate in the war not as an ally of the British and the French, but as an "associated power". For Wilson, the German Empire was part of an outdated world order, "when peoples were nowhere consulted by their rulers and wars were provoked and waged in the interest of dynasties or of little groups of ambitious men who were accustomed to use their fellow men as pawns and tools". Chief among those ideologies were the Great Power rivalries attendant to global imperialism.
Wilson refused repeated requests to pardon Debs, calling him a "traitor to his country" who denounced the flower of American youth as they bled to "vindicate the cause of civilization".
While the USA joined the war on the side of the Allies, we technically entered the war as an associated power. He discussed the concept of "peace without victory". In the first she reiterated her belief from her tour of the Western Front that the United States must make war on the German government, not the German people.
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Germany and Russian Federation declared war on each other. But, "the world must be made safe for democracy".
When the world sank into depression, countries reacted with nationalism, isolationism, protectionism, and autocracy, which, of course, made the situation worse. "NOW AT WAR WITH GERMANY" - was followed by a number of worldwide and local articles illustrating the patriotism and uncertainty felt by Americans entering into a world war. In October 2001, the United States and Britain began bombing in Afghanistan.
In January 1917, however, the Germans resumed their former unrestricted practices in a final effort to secure victory in Europe.
The Zimmerman telegraph proposed a secret alliance between Germany, Mexico, and Japan in the event America entered the war against Germany. The United States nearly went to war with Germany after the May 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania, where 128 American lives were lost.
It wasn't inconceivable that Mexico would declare war. According to U.S. military records, the AEF suffered 53,402 combat deaths, 63,114 non-combat deaths, and 204,000 wounded.
But, many other Americans, especially German-Americans and Irish-Americans, thought it was a British forgery.
Why did the US enter the war so late? And it didn't exactly get U.S.
RMS Luisitania sunk off the coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 passengers and crew, including 128 USA citizens.
World War I left simmering the foundations of World War II. This can be unsafe.
A hundred years ago, we joined the fight. It's worth asking ourselves, again, what our national interests really are, and what we're prepared to do to secure them.