DBQ Essay: The First World War

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Lesly Teo P/4 2/26/14 WWI DBQ Many people were against the war and resisted the draft. As a result congress enacted the sedition act that made it illegal to speak out against the draft E. Debs, the socialist leader gave a speech across the street from the jail where his friends were political prisoners. He was openly criticizing the gout and violating the seditation act but but he was not un-American. Worthwhile war since our lands were not attacked. The Great WW1 began in Europe in 1914 but it was a European between Britain and its allies. The U.S did not take sides they just sold weapons to both sides and began sinking the ship Lusitanian which did sink, more…show more content…
But once the war was declared, the vast majority of the socialist and trade union bodies decided to back the government of their country and support the war. For example, on 25 July 1914, the executive of the social democratic party of Germany (SPD) issued an appeal to its membership to demonstrate against the coming war, only to vote on 4 August for the war credits the German government wanted. Likewise the French socialist party and its union, the CGT, especially after the assassination of the pacific’s Jean Jaures, organized mass rallies and protests until the outbreak of war, but once the war began they argued that in wartime socialists should support their nations against the aggression of other nations and also voted for war credits. Groups in France and Britain were opposed to the war, as was the Russian Bolsheviks (though the success of the 1917 Revolution was due to the war among the other countries), the Socialist Party of America, the Italian Socialist Party, Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg and their followers in Germany. In Sweden, the socialist youth leader Zeth Höglund was jailed for his anti-war propaganda, even though Sweden did not participate in the
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