Why America Entered the Great War

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The Great War raged through Europe for three years as the United States entered it. President Woodrow Wilson’s re-election was associated with the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War,” and not even the loss of American life on the Lusitania sunk by German U-boats in 1915 broke American isolationism. But then things changed, and in 1917 Wilson asked for and got a declaration of war. What resistance was there to America’s going to war and what finally tipped the balance in favor of it?

Episode Credits

  • Norman Gilliland Host
  • John Hall Guest

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