|America And The Great War|
Chapter Twenty-three Main Themes
- The gradual involvement of the United States in WWI, from leaning toward the Allies since the outbreak of hostilities to eventually being drawn into full participation in the war.
- The decisive impact of American intervention on land and sea in tipping the balance of victory for the beleaguered Allied forces.
- The war mobilization of the Wilson administration - how they financed the war, managed the economy, and encouraged public support of the war effort.
- The idealistic aims and bitter defeats suffered by Woodrow Wilson internationalist foreign policy after World War I.
- The profound economic, social, and racial significance of America's involvement in the Great War.
|A thorough study of Chapter Twenty-three should enable the student to understand:|
- The background factors and the immediate sequence of events that caused the United States to declare war on Germany in 1917.
- The contributions of the American military to Allied victory in World War I.
- The extent of government control of the economy during World War I and the results of that control.
- The use of propaganda under George Creel and the CPI to further the WWI effort.
- The announced American objectives in fighting the war, Wilson's Fourteen Points.
- Woodrow Wilson's motives, successes, and failures at the Paris Peace Conference.
- The circumstances that led the United States to reject the Treaty of Versailles.
- The economic problems the United States faced immediately after the war.
- The reasons for the Red Scare and the upsurge of racial unrest that afflicted postwar America in 1919.