President Wilson and Wwi

Lesson 1- Essay
Neutral: To be or not to be

For the last century, our Nation has been considered the strongest when it comes to money and power. I believe that is due in part to a big step that President Woodrow Wilson made April 6, 1917, when he formally declared war on Germany. But was that the right decision to make? Wilson made many attempts to remain peacefully neutral with Germany and the American public wanted no part of the war overseas. So, was declaring war in the best interest of our country or should we have stayed complacent, remaining neutral and assisting both sides?
America and its Allies

When the original outbreak of war was made in 1914, the American public was unnerved but also didn’t think that the issues had anything to do with them. As unfortunate as it was that Europe was involved, they never believed that the government would become involved other than to lend financial or supply assistance.
Wilson had made a statement informing the American banking system not to issue loans with the countries that were the main cause of the war. He believed that it would cause America not to appear neutral. Trade continued with the British and significantly increased as the war went on. Merchant ships carried supplies and merchandise back and forth between Great Britain and American. We shared the oceans amicably with Great Britain with the understanding that America is neutral. As progression of the war went on, our neutrality began to waiver.
Introduction of German Subs

February 4, 1915, Germany announced that there would be a new weapon utilized. Submarines would take to the British Isles and all enemy vessels would be destroyed. Because of Britain’s misuse of neutral flags on their ships, those vessels could be in danger of being fired upon as well. Still, Wilson remained neutral believing there was no danger or threat to us specifically.
British Liners Sunk

A little over a month later, the British liner, Falaba, was sunk killing...