U.S. Neutrality in World War One

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"We have seen the last of neutrality in these circumstances... the world must be made safe for democracy..." This was said by President Woodrow Wilson in his speech to the U.S. Senate on January 22, 1917. He said these words to show his change of opinion regarding the United States' involvement in World War One. There were several events that occurred which changed America's view on neutrality.The first reason that forced the United States to reconsider their foreign policy neutrality at the start of World War One was the sinking of the Lusitania. The Lusitania was a British steamship that was torpedoed on May 7, 1915. "The fact that more than one hundred American citizens were among those who died made it the duty of the Government of the United States to speak of these things once more, with sincere emphasis to call the attention of the German Government to the fact that they were responsible for the action." The speaker in this document is saying that Germany is entirely responsible for the sinking of the British steamship. The reason stated in this paragraph is not the only factor that lead the United States into reconsidering neutrality.Another reason that forced the United States to reconsider their role in World War One was the Zimmerman Telegram. The Zimmerman Telegram was a document that stated how Germany wanted an alliance with Mexico. Germany proposed an alliance by saying, "That we shall make war together and together make peace. We shall give general financial support, and it is understood that Mexico is to reconquer the lost terrority in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona..." According to Arthur Zimmerman, their alliance with Mexico would be beneficial to Mexico and themselves. Germany wanted America to stay neutral, but Great Britain interfered.A final reason why the United States changed their position regarding involvement in World War One was President
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