The road to World War II

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In the early days of the First World War, the United States was desperate to stay out of the European war and institute a neutrality policy. However, the two sides fought for U.S. support, often even at a danger to the U.S. The passive stand that America took in involvement in World War I only prolonged the inevitable and came at a price to the U.S. The American public didnít want …

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…wage an undeclared naval war. Then, in March of 1914, three American merchant ships were sunk by the Germans, later the Lusitania and Sussex would be targeted. Although the majority of Americans did not wish to be involved in war, in 1917, the U.S. entered. Because of the determination of both sides to force America into World War I, it was inevitable that we should enter, by prolonging our neutrality, we merely were dodging the bullet.