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Transcript of Jason Hetrick
The Lusitania set sail in1907 and it weighed 32,000 tons. It was carrying 4,200 rounds of ammunition which was being sent to Great Britain which was the United States biggest trade partner.
1,153 drowned and 128 were Americans and after the Lusitania sank the U20 stated that they only fired one torpedo and there was an unusually big explosion.
Two years would pass before the United States formally entered World War I, but the sinking of the Lusitania played a significant role in turning public opinion against Germany, both in the United States and abroad.
In late March, Germany sunk four more U.S. merchant ships, and on April 2 President Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany