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There were many pros and cons of the United States getting involved in World War I Some reasons are as follows Economics - trade banking industry - all are affected by war A permanent stance of neutrality by the US would have permanently scarred our relationships with GBR and France Possible protection of our borders with the Zimmerman Telegram being intercepted by Britain from Germany to Mexico we knew that our country was in danger so we had to get involved Some propose that the US was never actually neutral but had been supporting the British all along Others propose that as German forces crept into the Atlantic and threatened to conquer Britain the US felt that its defenses and the countrys security were threatened again justifying involvement in the war It is impossible to pinpoint the entry of the United States to a number of certain events and it was most definitely a combination of many factors Most Americans favored staying out of the conflict and President Wilson publicly stated that the United States would follow a policy of neutrality However it was just a matter of time before the United States would find itself in the middle of the Great War Bass The war in Europe raged on and Americans were clearly on the side of the allies The Germans were painted as the aggressors and Americans came to believe that the Germans were vicious and blood thirsty social Case in point was the way the Germans conducted their submarine attacks in the ocean This was called unrestricted submarine warfare On May 7 1915 the British cruise ship Lusitania was sunk by German U-boats off the coast of England Over 1198 lives were lost including 128 Americans This act set off the American people who wanted revenge 2 However the Germans backed off and in 1916 the Germans agreed to the Sussex pledge which ended unrestricted submarine
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