Reasons for USA entering WW1 in 1917

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  • Why USA entered WW1 in 1917
    • Sinking of the Lusitania
      • Made Public opinion in America opposed to Germany
        • Alois ZImmeman, German Foreign Minister, proposed Mexico-Germany Alliance, behind America's back
          • BROUGHT THE WAR TO THE US'S DOORSTEP
      • 1915: RMS Lusitania en-route to Liverpool from New York was bombed by threatening German U-Boats
        • Germany launched unrestricted submarine in the Atlantic
      • Still not the biggest factor, didn't cause instant desire for war
    • Russian Bolshevik Revolution
      • Russia pulled out of the war
      • First Red Scare
      • Meant that joining allies would be a 'fight for democracy'
    • Desperation of Britain
      • Secret telegame sent to USA saying Brits were bankrupt and could not continue war effort without America
      • The two shared trading interests and regularly trade with one another, creating alliance
    • Zimmerman Telegram
      • Decisive event
      • 1916: Germany suffering economic problems
      • Germany launched unrestricted submarine in the Atlantic
      • Alois ZImmeman, German Foreign Minister, proposed Mexico-Germany Alliance, behind America's back
        • BROUGHT THE WAR TO THE US'S DOORSTEP
    • US declared war on Germany in April 1917
    • Trading Interests
      • The two shared trading interests and regularly trade with one another, creating alliance
      • Massive American and financial support for Allies meant they inevitably took sides
        • America trading interests in China meant they could not allow what Japanese control over China/rise of Japan.

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