Crash Course: US History - Episode 30: America in World War I
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Added: Oct 27th 2013
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In which John Green teaches you about American involvement in World War
I, which at the time was called the Great War. They didn't know there
was going to be a second one, though they probably should have guessed,
'cause this one didn't wrap up very neatly. So, the United States stayed
out of World War I at first, because Americans were in an isolationist
mood in the early 20th century. That didn't last though, as the affronts
piled up and drew the US into the war. Spoiler alert: the Lusitania was
sunk two years before we joined the war, so that wasn't the sole cause
for our jumping in. It was part of it though, as was the Zimmerman
telegram, unrestricted submarine warfare, and our affinity for the
Brits. You'll learn the war's effects on the home front, some of Woodrow
Wilson's XIV Points, and just how the war ended up expanding the power
of the government in Americans' lives.