Immigrants In War

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<BR>As war consumed Europe, Americans hoped that the Atlantic <br>ocean was enough to seperate them from it and keep them out of the war. <br>President Wilson said that the US would stay out of it saying it was “a <br>war in which we had nothing to do”. <br> But America could not help but take sides. As immigrants from <br>Europe gave roots to many Americans, it was hard for them not to be <br>opinionated about which side to take. The herirage shared by most <br>Americans and Britain put American public opinion on the sides of the <br>Allies. Trade between the US and the Central Powers also shrank giving <br>another reason it was hard to remain neutral. Adding to that was the fact <br>that exports to the Allies…show more content…
When the Sussex was torpedoed by a <br>German torpedo Wilson demanded that they give up submarine warfare <br>or risk war with the US. The Sussex pledge was made out of that where <br>Germans said they wouldn’t sink any more merchant ships without <br>warning. <br> Wilson was re-ellected in 1916 and focused on finding a peaceful <br>solution to the war. He knew the only way to keep America out of this <br>war was to end it altogether. <br> Germany announecd on January 31st, 1917, that any vessels in the <br>waters near G.B., France, and Italy would be sunk without warning. This <br>was a violation of the Sussex Pledge and caused the US to break off <br>diplomatic ties with Germany. <br> America Finally entered the war due to the fact that Germany and <br>Mexico were going to attack the US. On April 2nd, 1917, Wilson asked <br>the members of congress to declare war on Germany. He did state in his <br>address to congress that the war was only with the military masters of <br>Germany. <br> The US was only able to raise a small army. By the spring of…show more content…
They handled purchases for the <br>Allies and the US under the leadership of Bernard Baruch, who was a <br>Wall Street stockbroker. His board tried to run the whole US as a single <br>factory controlled by one management. Using the best businessmen in <br>the the country to direct the effort, the government was able to get the <br>cooperation of most businesses to convert their factories to war <br>production. Federal Officials decided how raw materials would be <br>priced and allocated. <br> Women also played a big role in the war. Millions of jobs givin’ up <br>by men going to war had to be filled and women did just that. It was a <br>first for them because they had never been welcome in the workforce <br>and they were an essential part of the war effort and the economy. <br>Women were confused though, they wondered how the government <br>could rely on them so strongly and yet still deny them the right to vote. <br>Activists for womens sufferage continued during the war. <br> The war ended in an Allied victory. The US’s contribution was an <br>important factor in the Allied forces being the victor. <br> <br> by Dustin Fast <br> <br>
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