A cargo ship disguised as a cruise ship sunk because the Germans torpedoed it. It carried weapons and the passengers had access to one or more warnings by the Germans concerning sea travel around Great Britain. The British wanted America to join the war to support the Allies. Though this event did not immediately trigger the reaction the British wanted, the Lusitania event, in combination with others, caused the Americans to join the war, allowing the Allies to win. They needed the Americans, and they used an ingenious tactic to cause the Americans to join the war: the death of its own civilians.
America, despite its efforts, could not remain neutral and was forced to enter World War 1. Germany did not respect America’s decision to stay neutral and purposely sunk their ships in the British Isles. They sent the Zimmerman Telegram uniting other countries against America. Lastly, they blockaded British ports and prevented American trade with France and GB. Over 100,000 Americans died during WW1, but were rewarded with patriotism, an Allie victory and trade which once again
However, Germany was not the only country that blockaded US ships. Great Britain also blockaded some US ships, just not to the extent of the Germans. True, the Germans did sink the RMS Lusitania, but that ship not only carried civilians, but also some weaponry. And the declaration of war against Germany came two years later after the sinking of this ship. If America was truly angry about Germany harming innocent civilians, why did not the declaration of war follow the sinking of the Lusitania immediately?
Writing Assignment 2 In Woodrow Wilson's “War Message” to Congress on April 2nd 1917, he conveys to Congress the situation with Germany at that time and how he felt that America should step in and correct the wrong doings of Germany. At that time, Germany had declared that any ship coming into port with any of Germany's enemies would be taken out by submarines. This would include ports in Great Britain, Ireland, and western Europe. Living up to their own claim, innocent American lives, as well as innocent men and women on other ships coming to port, were taken out by these submarines. Wilson claims that this was in direct violation of the International Laws and he goes on to say that Germany's action are a declaration of war against the
Americans were warned by Germany though just chose to ignore their warning. Spirts of the Americans grew angry that their people were dying especially since the country was declared neutral. Lusitania, a British ship, was an example of Americans dying that brought up aggression towards the Central Power. Even though, the Germans clearly put a notice on the ticket warning Americans of the dangers of traveling on an enemy’s ship during times of war, spirts
Americans actually didn’t want to enter the war; during this time there were no national interests at stake. Yet Wilson is saying that he has tried to know what his fellow Americans think while he is declaring the importance of preparing for war in the same dialogue? Even 5 months later, after the famous sinking of the Lusitania by German U-boat torpedo, which killed 124 U.S. citizens, Americans still didn’t want to fight. An overlooked fact is that Great Britain’s navy had blockaded Germany, starving their population. As a result, Germany retaliated with submarine warfare, and even warned that it was inevitable that neutral ships would be mistakenly targeted.
Pearl Harbor Many people think that Franklin D. Roosevelt and his closest aids knew that there would be an attack on Pearl Harbor in December of the year 1941. Other people think that Roosevelt had no idea about the attack. A certain amount of the population seem to ask themselves, “what kind of president allows their own country and their own people to be attacked, when knowing it could have been prevented.” Robert B. Stinnett, a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and the author of the book, Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor quotes the chief cryptographer for the pacific fleet who said, “ It was a pretty cheap price to pay for unifying the country.” Robert B. Stinnett says that Franklin D. Roosevelt knew about the attack and had
Both soldiers and civilians blame the defeats in the war and the growing crises on the home front on Tsar. Even the Tsars only army stated it wouldn’t support him if a revolution occurred. Explain the importance/significance of World War 1 to the downfall of the Tsar WWI was a very significant event on the rule of Tsar Nicholas 11. Although it initially bolstered his position, it then became a large factor that contributed to Nicholas’ downfall. The Country was ecstatic when the Tsar made the announcement that Russia was going to fight against Germany in WWI.
An American that had been deeply divided over how much aid to give the Allies was not united in a common purpose: make the Japanese pay for their attack and rid the world of Nazism and Fascism. There were many deaths, including 68 civilians (most of them killed by anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu) there were 1,178 military and civilian wounded, and the death toll came up to 2,403 people. Pearl Harbor was a critical moment for the United States, because until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States was staying out of a war that the rest of the world was involved in. When Japan attacked the United States, our country the U.S. declared war on them. When the U.S. declared war on the Japanese, Japan and axis’ allies declared war on our
5). America was neutral and on one ship 1,260 were dead which showed that Germany didn’t care about neutrality by destroying any ship that wasn’t theirs. Many Americans were outraged at the fact they had sunk an American boat since we were neutral at the time. The Lusitania was later found out to be a ship that carried weapons and passengers. On January 10, 1917 just a few months before America went to war, America got a telegram from Great Britain.