WW1

United States entry into the war

Root cause of WW1:the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary.

America had a policy of neutrality

America changed their policy of neutrality because the German subs' acts of what Theodore Roosevelt called "piracy" became too much for the American public to take, and Wilson also realized that the United States had to enter the war if it wanted to have a hand in shaping the peace afterward, so the United States entered the conflict in 1917.

Home front and start of war

The word Mobilization referred assembling supplies and troops in preparation for war. The United States entered WW1 on April 6, 1917 and the country with faced with the task of mobilizing the nation. Speed was of the essence as no administrative steps had been taken by the Federal Government to prepare for war. Troops were needed for the US army and American industry had to be converted to war production. WW1 mobilization was achieved by mobilizing the troops and the workforce and creating new Federal agencies to regulate the economy and ensure the efficient use of national resources to further the war effort.

Bloody conflict- Battles & Victories

Key battles- The Battle of Verdun, 1916. The Battles of the Marne, 1914, 1918. The Battles of Ypres 1914, 1915, 1917. The Battle of the Somme, 1916. The Battle of Cambrai, 1917.

Two Factors that lead to victory were that the allies had a size advantage in population and production and they had more natural resources

After the fighting stopped, there was a peace conference in Paris to rebuild Europe. It began in January 1919. Britain, France and the USA dominated the conference. The Germans assumed that a 14-point plan (see above) by President Woodrow Wilson of the USA would form the basis of the peace treaty.

Post war America - the war's impact

Before and during the war years, blacks were already making some progress economically, and black leaders were often allied to the politically radical left, both of which trends were alarming enough to white society and conservative elements within government. Then, with the de-mobilisation of thousands of black soldiers, many whites feared that the returning blacks, trained in aggressive behaviour, would assert themselves socially and politically, and acts of race terror increased with alarming frequency in 1919.

A "Red Scare" is the promotion of fear of a potential rise of communism or radical leftism. In the United States, the First Red Scare was about worker (socialist) revolution and political radicalism.

Immigration to the U.S. wasn’t really a problem until the early 1900’s. When mass amounts of immigrants started to come to America the government started to see a problem. They were coming from a lot of European countries that were in peril economically, socially, and militarily. As more and more people immigrated tension developed between the cultures within America which caused the “clash of cultures.” Various events after World War I, such as the recession of 1920 to 1921, the First Red Scare, the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. To go along with the “clash of culture” in America, the American people wanted to “Americanize” the immigrants and change them to be more like the culture here. Also, people started to believe in Americanism and nativism which are the beliefs that people born in America that follow the American culture were superior to people whom were born in another country.

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