By Susannah Sinkovek, Alex Monsalud, Marlon Lee, and Katie Collin

The War to End All Wars

The war breaking out in Europe was a combination of Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism, and Alliances. Germany has zealous pride in their country. The race of growing strong armies caused tention. Central Power countries grew further apart from Allied Power countries. The war was thought to be glorious, and the only thing holding the countries back from war was a spark. The spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian Nationalists in June 1914.

 

War Breaks Out in Europe

The United States wanted to stay fairly neutral, and were for the first to years of war. For these first two years the United States weren't fighting in the war, but they did give financial loans to France and Britain. The United States also had a good economy during this time with lots of jobs that had good pay, and immigration was low. However the war was not going well in Europe; the war was less glorious than what they originally thought.

The United States Stays Out

Germany did a couple things to force the U.S. to join war. Germany sank hundreds of U.S. vessels using unrestricted warefare including the Lusitania. The Lusitania was a british passenger ship carring 1,200 people, 128 were Americans. 

 

Germay's minister, Aurthur Zimmerman, sent a note to Mexico, the U.S. intercepted it. Through the Zimmerman note, the United States found out that Germany was trying to get Mexico to attack the United States. President Woodrow Wilson decided that United States will join the war against Germany.

Germany Forces U.S. Hand

The Homefront

The Homefront refers to life in the United States during the war. The role of women changed dramatically. They had to be supporters of the family, so they took on many of the jobs the men previously had. People also created care packages for the soliders off at war. The carepackages include things like food supplies, clothes, ammunition, and money.

U.S. Impact

The United States is the reason for the Allied Powers' victory. The United States the qualities of manpower, moral, and momentum to war. The United States had soilders fighting against the Central Powers. The U.S. also gave loans of money and supplies to Britain and France. The United States became a known as a leading economic and political power from their contributions to the war.

Germany was blamed for starting the war and suffered greatly because other European countries wanted revenge. Germany had to pay heavy fines that put them in debt for a very long time. Also large parts of Europe in ruin especially economically. The United State lead politically and economically.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 WWI ended. There was a meeting in Versailles to come up with a treaty. President Wilson brought his 14 points which was a statement of peace that Europeans generally welcomed, but some wanted more of a revenge. The Treaty of Versallies was signed June 28th 1919.

Crafting the Peace

Aftermath