On April 2, 1917, Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war to make the world “safe for democracy.” However, there is still heated and debated argument going on: Could America’s involvement in Word War One been avoided by President Wilson? There are several reasons why President Wilson could not avoid getting America involved in WWI. The Germans attacked boats holding American civilians, America was threatened by Germany and the allies would have lost. For the first few years of WWI, America made sure to stay out of the way. However when the German’s attacked and destroyed the Lusitania, and other ships, carrying American civilians, many American’s were in an uproar about the American deaths and knew something had to be done to stop the Germans.
President Wilson was also angry about the incident and responded aggressively (Oppenheim). When “Wilson’s aggressive response to the deaths of American citizens when a German U-boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania,” people saw how bad this could affect the country (Oppenheim). He didn’t want to get too aggressive because he wanted to avoid war (American Entry into World War I”). This was a big re... ... middle of paper ... ...eason to go to war? Works Cited “American Entry into World War I.” Office of the Historian.
The first global world war that led to the death of millions of people and the use of excessive chemical weapons, tanks, and machine guns that the world has ever witnessed is accused by Germany’s violent actions and their extreme ideologies, but some others argue Germany was not the sole cause of the war. In an attempt to dominate the world, Germany enforced their extreme ideologies to the rest of Europe. Many scholars believe that Germany fueled World War 1 because Germany believed that they should conquer the weak. Some people believe that Germany was the sole cause of World War because their extreme ideologies led them to declare war on other countries. Although Germany deliberately supported Austria to go to war with Serbia, supported the idea of Nationalism, and signed secret treaties, Russia also supported Serbia and signed secret treaties.
Therefore, we payed a price of many lives for little to no gain. I have a different view, however, on World War II. Once the war had started, it should have been interventionist all the way, from an economic and a patriotic point of view. The desire to avoid "foreign entanglements" of all kinds had been an American foreign policy for more than a century. A very real "geographical isolation" permitted the United States to "fill up the empty lands of North America free from the threat of foreign conflict.” President Roosevelt wanted to avoid war, especially since it was contrary to American policy which most if not all Americans were in agreement with.
Due to Article 10 and the limitations on armaments, which the senators objected, and the inability to compromise on the deadlock between the President’s beliefs and the Senators, led to the failure to ratify the Treaty of Versailles. These factors lead the senate to their decision, which left the world vulnerable for another war and the eventual demise of the League of Nations. The Fourteen Points were one of Wilson’s major accomplishments while he held office. Wilson introduced this theory on what he believed were successful measures in not only preventing Germany from beginning a war again, but to prevent all wars. After all World War One was the war to end all wars.
In 1915, the British passenger liner the Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine, killing 128 Americans and further heightening tensions1 . In 1917, German U Boats sank 3 American Merchant Ships without warning. President Wilson then declared that the United States was entering the war. According to Wilson, the United States was not fighting as an Allied Power alongside the Allied Nations, but as an “Associate Power”. War is controversy at its finesse, and those who despise it have many reasons to.
WWI World War I had a lot of twists and turns leading up to the war, during the war and after the first Great War. One man’s assassination you can say caused the war to happen altogether. It was a big domino effect a chain reaction was going to occur. Once Austria was going to go after Serbia, Russia said don’t you attack Serbia or we will come after you. Then Germany said to Russia don’t you hurt Austria or we will come after you.
The sinking of the Lusitania would ultimately cause the U.S. to get involved in the foreign war. “We and the government decided to reply to the sinking by declaring war” (4). The sinking turned public opinion in America against Germany during the time where nationalism and patriotism was growing. President Woodrow Wilson insisted on protecting the people of his country but in reality, nobody was safe out in the water. In order to stop the sinking, fighting was the only option.
It also destroyed 19 U.S. Navy Ships. The United States was a divided nation before the attack because many opposed entering the war after they suffered the consequences of the First World War. However, news of the Pearl Harbor attack brought shock, shame and anger to the people of the United States. Americans were eager to reclaim victory, sparking patriotism in the pacifist. Roosevelt's emotional and persuasive speech on December 8th, aimed to touch the hearts of the nation and seek retaliation against the Japanese; his use of rhetoric and direct language united the country, and unanimously supported his plea to enter the Second World War.
The majority of Europe (especially France and Britain) and America were angry towards Germany for the war, and therefore created the Treaty of Versailles. The main points of the treaty blamed Germany for the war (article 231), made Germany harshly cut down their military forces, forced Germany give much of their land to different countries and finally Germany had to pay Â£6,600 million in reparations. Woodrow Wilson created the fourteen points to stop himself and America from getting into war again. The fourteenth point was to create a League of Nations to stop future wars. Any aggressive countries would be sanctioned by all the League's members and would be attacked as a last resort.