The Zimmerman Telegram And The Sinking Of The Lusitania

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The events that led to The United States joining the war were the Zimmerman telegram and the sinking of the Lusitania; therefore, these events shifted The United States’s position from neutral to fighting. World War I, also known as the Great War, was not originally on The United States’s agenda; however, Germany’s careless actions caused The United States to join the war. The sinking of the Lusitania was a turning point in the war because it was a passenger ship that was sunk by German U-Boats, or submarines. The Zimmerman telegram was a telegram sent from the German Foreign Office to the leader of Mexico. The telegram stated how Germany wanted Mexico to attack The United States (Alexander and Childress). These events led to the shift in opinion of The United States. At the beginning of World War I, The United States declared their position as neutral. In Woodrow Wilson’s Address to Congress, he said, “The United States must be neutral in fact, as well as name, during these days that are to try men’s souls” (“Declaration”). …show more content…

During World War I, the Germans use a fighting tactic called Unrestricted Submarine Warfare. German U-Boats, or submarines, were told to sink any ship that posed a threat, passenger or cargo, it did not matter. In a newspaper article it shows that the Lusitania was a passenger boat going from the coast of New York to Ireland that was sunk by a German submarine (“Lusitania”). The fact that Germany sunk a passenger ship without reason infuriated the Americans. As the political cartoon by Matthew Bollinger shows, President Woodrow Wilson is holding a piece of paper that says that American lives were lost on the sinking of this ship (Bollinger). This image also shows Wilson changing the date on a document to declare war to an earlier day than planned (Bollinger). With the lost lives of Americans, this was the official shifting point for the United

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