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U.S.History II -- World War I

World War I has been rarely remembered in detail but the 100th anniversary has brought new attention, and new awareness of the profound impact it continues to have in the present. 



General World War I sites:

History Channel


National Geographic Kids-World War I page

Library of Congress WWI page

Special post--Baseball and World War I

National Archives -- World War I page

Research your ancestors that were in World War One!  CLICK HERE for access to draft records, service records, veteran's homes, and more at the National Archives!



As students saw in class, Mr. Betts has you covered with review videos:

Pop Culture of the war:  as we have discussed in class, the popular entertainment of any era reflects the thoughts and feelings of people living through that time.  Here are a few videos, some of which we watched in class, reflecting people's thoughts during the war:

Over There:  popular patriotic song as Americans are enlisting and going to Eruope-

Toward the end of the war, soldiers had become very cynical, as the lyrics of this popular song reflect:

I highly suggest reading ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT as well as watching either of the two filmed versions.  The originial, released in 1930, featured special effects and camera techniques groundbreaking at the time, and many of the battle scene extras were actual veterans, lending a degree of realism.  While the original is still under copyright, I was not aware that the CBS tv-movie version was in the public domain.  In color with Richard Thomas and Earnest Borgnine, here is the modern, color version of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT:



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SOL Basics

Reasons for the United States’ involvement in World War I

·      Inability to remain neutral

·      German submarine warfare (sinking of the Lusitania)

·      United States economic and political ties to Great Britain

·      The Zimmermann Telegram

 Major Allied Powers

·      British Empire

·      France

·      Russia (until 1917)

·      Serbia

·      Belgium

·      United States

 Central Powers

·      German Empire

·      Austro-Hungarian Empire

·      Bulgaria

·      Ottoman Empire

 United States leadership as the war ended

·      At the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson prepared a peace plan known as the Fourteen Points that called for the formation of the League of Nations, a peacekeeping organization.

·      The United States Senate did not ratify the Treaty of Versailles because of a desire to resume prewar isolationism. The United States did not become a member of the League of Nations.