Does the Zimmerman Telegraph mean nothing to you people? Germany says "Yo Mexico and Japan, you wanna kill some Americans?" Now is America supposed to say "Okay cool, come at me bro,"? And Germany taking Paris would've be 5x worse in 1914-18 than it was in 1940. With France taken out, which probably would've happened if we didn't help, Britain would've stood no chance on it's own.
(To jon1405) We lost a lot of industry do to the fact we were attacked (several times) by the Germans while we were giving them supplies. Not to forget the Zimmerman telegram, (in which the Germans asked the Mexicans and the Japanese if they wanted to be allies and fight along side them). That along with the fact that we were losing trade due to the Germans was reason for us to enter the war. (to Anonymous) The French, Belgians, British, and Spanish supported the South by sending supplies and troops to train the Southern troops.
World War I had been going on for some years before the United States entered the fray in 1917. Because of this action, the war finally ended in 1918. Even so, I am not sure we would have entered the battle if not provoked by attacks on our private ships in the Atlantic Ocean.
Germany sunk a passenger ship, killing several Americans on board. The US was outraged by that...but since Germany didn't want to the US to join the war, they gave the U.S a Sussex Pledge, saying it would never sink another passenger ship again. But of course, they broke it. So the US broke off all 'friendly talks' with Germany. The Zimmerman Telegraph was what finally pushed us over the ledge.
The dispute started with Germany declaring war on Russia and France and Germany accidentally killed 128 Americans in a U-boat. Wilson states that he was the reason that we were kept out of the war and was convinced that both sides just needed to stop fighting. When this did not take place he wanted to end the war at once. La Follette, in the Senate, did not want this to happen though. Wilson did not start a naval war with Germany but the soon to come instability encourages Wilson to act. In order to convince Americans that what Wilson was doing was acceptable there were Daily "Official Bulletins" that stated why we needed to be involved, to get freedom,etc. There were approximately 3 million men drafted. By the end of the war, many American soldiers were dead and our economy was struggling and we did not gain anything from participating in the war.
Mexico was in absolutely no position to accept Zimmerman's alliance. It was in the middle of a revolution that the army was busy trying to suppress. Not to mention, even if Mexico did try to reconquer the southwest, the United States was far more powerful than Mexico, both economically and militarily. There us no way that Mexico would have been crazy enough to accept Germany's offer.
First off I would like to state some reasons why we were in the war in the first place. We were trading with both sides of the war. Companies were profiting from the the trade of weapons and ammunition which provoked and off centered our neutrality state. It's said that one can not be neutral if he's very much involved. American companies refused to stay out of the profiting business of selling arms to both sides. So with us selling on a wide amount we truly had the power to decide how many people would die. We were profiting- America was profiting by giving countries the weapons that killed millions of people in that war. Was money really worth letting more people kill each other? Propaganda was used on a wide scale. Propaganda is the use of lies and exaggeration of the fighting and violence in the East. Propaganda is also very persuasive and can be used in a very bad way to persuade a group of people. If it wasn't for the greed of some Americans & British propaganda the British was feeding us. America wouldn't have had to be in the war that took over a million lives. That's all i have to say.
The events going on in Europe should have been handled by Europeans. How would we have liked it if Belgium or France got involved in our Civil War? The war ended up hurting our economy and killing thousands of American soldiers.