On May 2nd 1915 the British passenger liner Lusitania was sunk by a torpedo from a German submarine. 1195 passengers, including 128 Americans, lost their lives. Americans were outraged and put pressure on the government to enter the war. Woodrow Wilson (left) campaigned for a peaceful end to the war. He appealed to both sides to try to settle the war by diplomatic means but was unsuccessful.
The passengers on the ship loved the thrill of the ride. On May 8, 1915 The New York Times came out with an article saying that the Lusitania had sunk. “LUSITANIA SUNK BY A SUBMARINE, PROBABLY 1,260 DEAD; TWICE TORPEDOED OFF IRISH COAST; SINKS IN 15 MINUTES; CAPT. TURNER SAVED, FROHMAN AND VANDERBILT MISSING; WASHINGTON BELIEVES THAT A GRAVE CRISIS IS AT HAND” (doc. 5).
Wilson gains the re-election to the presidency in November 1916 and three months later, German submarines begin to sink American merchant ships. Undoubtedly, these and other acts of aggression on by Germany, forced the U.S. to declare the war in April 6 of 1917 arguing before the congress to safeguard the rights and the liberties of all the free towns. The American residents manifested before the governmental decision and around two million men were offered like volunteers to the military service. Finally 3 million people were recruited. (The World Book Encyclopedia,
The captain of Germany’s torpedo was Captain Walter Schweigers. His ship killed almost 2,000 people on the Lusitania when his torpedo sank it. It killed at least 120 Americans. That’s what made the Americans come into the war. They wanted to get revenge on Germany for killing their men.
It involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard, who fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others. Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon announced on television April 30, 1970. Other students who were shot had just been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance. There was an emotional national response to the shootings. For example, hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students.
The police openly fired on the protestors, and the number of deaths is estimated to be anywhere between 200-1000 people. Although it was not the tsar that gave the order, many people held him accountable for the massacre which was the final break of trust that the people had for their ‘Little Father.’ He was no longer thought of as being on their side: he was the opposition. The above statement could be accurate, as the reformist groups provided the people with a lot of ideas which challenged the tsar and his ideals. In recent years there had been an uncontrolled increase in the populations of the working class. This led to overcrowded towns and cities resulting in poor working and living conditions.
There were signs of an early revolution in the making when the people had had enough off being ruled by an autocratic government. On January 9, 1905 in St. Petersburg, the civilians of Russia peacefully marched to the palace of the tsar with just a simple compromise in which the Russian government was not very fond of due to the fact that they thought an autocratic government was the only government that could rule Russia. They ordered to soldiers to open fire on the demonstrators killing nearly 1,000 people. Russian’s were furious with this and throughout the year, they went on strikes in which one strike paralyzed the country, which then compelled Nicholas the second to grant civil and political freedoms to the people. The document was known as The October Manifesto.
Thousands were injured and killed by Chinese soldiers, despite the efforts of people who tried to stand against them. To examine the Unknown Rebel, it helps to see him in context. Many people have suggested that he may have been a provincial Chinese man visiting Beijing for business or to visit family, not a protester. Video footage suggests that he
The American entry into WW1 grew out of the navel conflict between Germany and Great Britain. The Germans were using submarine warfare to cripple the British naval forces and on May 7, 1915, more than a hundred Americans were killed during a German strike on the British ship Lusitania. Because of this, the German government suspended unrestricted submarine warfare in September 1915. German naval officers later convinced the German government to let them return to submarine warfare. The return of this led to the U.S. entering the war on April 6, 1917.
Like many other revolutions in the history of the world, the Russian Revolution was against economic oppression, which led the Russian revolution to start out as a revolution for democracy. Russia was known to be an extremely oppressed country in the 20th century, which was ruled by the Czars, Russia was also known as a feudal dictatorship. People from Russia were also horribly oppressed, poor, starving, cold, and also had no direction or hope ("The Russian Revolution", 2003). The Russian Revolution influenced terrorism by terrorist attacks and war. A small group of revolutionaries over threw Czars causing Russia to go into a stage of anarchy and turmoil, after the Bolshevik Party of Lenin emerged as dominant political force ("The Russian Revolution", 2003).