1915-1916: Swaying American Opinion

War Memorial Archive

War Memorial Archives

America was appalled and outraged by the sinking of the British civilian cruise ship Lusitania without warning by a German submarine. Teddy Roosevelt’s public statement echoed the feelings of many:

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” This represents not merely piracy, but piracy on a vaster scale of murder than the old-time pirates ever practiced. . . . It seems inconceivable that we can refrain from taking action in this matter, for we owe it not only to humanity but to our own national self-respect.”

 

San Francisco Presidio Archives

San Francisco Presidio Archives

 

Although Germany ceased unrestricted submarine warfare, President Woodrow Wilson now embraced the preparedness movement, such as these soldiers practicing bayonet drill.

 

 

 


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1916 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN — REFERENDUM ON NEUTRALITY

Wilson was reelected on the slogan “He kept us out of war”… but American women reminded him they want the vote!

 

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Wilson maintained American neutrality, but many U.S. citizens volunteered to fight with the allies including these men of the aeroplane squadron Lafayette Escadrille.

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SYMPATHY FOR BRITAIN, FRANCE AND THEIR ALLIES

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1915-1916: Swaying American Opinion Banner on view in  the Veterans Building Lobby

 

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