In April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany. The American public was reluctant to become involved in the European war due to potential loss of life; however, neutrality became difficult to maintain when travel across the Atlantic Ocean was affected. President Wilson was opposed to American intervention in the affairs of other countries; however, he found it exceeding difficult to maintain this position when his moral foreign policy continued to fail.
What key factors forced Wilson to declare war? Considering the events that led to the United States entering the World War, do you agree that it was necessary? Why or why not? What were the effects of World War One on Americans at home? What changes in society, economics and politics did the end of the war bring?
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