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America Goes to War
Transcript of America Goes to War
German Americans reacted with smypathy and concern for the citizens of their home counties. Imagine having your famliy members fighting in a war; against your own country. This was a time when people had to choose between family or country.
The American and German Americans reacted to the war in different ways.
The Main Idea
On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. Wilson refers to multiple events to support this decision, such as Germany reaching out to Mexico with the Zimmer Telegram. On December 7, the United States declared war on Germany ally Austria-Hungary.
France and Britian were liberal democracies, same as the US; the Central Powers were ruled by autocratic monarchs.
The US has lent a LOT of money to the Allies since the begining of the war in 1914. If Germany won the war, the chances of the US getting this money repaid any time soon (if at all) was slim. The US had to back the allies to protect their finanncial investment in WW1.
How They Were Treated
German Americans were treated with intense caution and mistrust. Some Germans even saw their heritage as a liability, and tried to hide it. Many Germans became angery. In the fall of 1917, America banned the use of the German language in schools, universities, and more. They felt it was unfair, and biased.
(Random Circle I don't know how to get rid of.... Sorry!)
The Americans Who Favored the Allies