Woodrow Wilson

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During World War I, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson announced a policy, saying that they wanted neutality. They also created a popular song called, "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier". That song expressed antiwar sentiment of many Americans. Over the times when America was neutral, Germans attacks shifted public opinions to Allied cause. In fall of 1914, Britian set up a naval blockade of German ports and seized all goods bounded for Germany. In response to that, Germany, sunk all Allied merchant ships found off on British coast. In 1915 of May, a German U-Boat, torpedoed the British ship, named Lucitania, killing more than 1198 people and some were Americans. This turned many Americans against Germany. Even for this, Woodrow Wilson, kept the United States at neutral. He demanded that the German goverment halt unrestricted submarine warfare and they agreed. Since the Germans were so desperate to defeat the Britians, Germany resumed the submarine warfares, breaking the demands of Woodrow Wilson.

Its Military leaders knew this would bring America into a war. In March, Germans sunk three American ships. From then, Wilson asked for a declaration of war.

Americans interests in the Pacific expanded, easy access to the regions became harsh and hard. U.S leaders then proposed a canal that would connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This canal being made means that U.S ships no longer need to travel around South America. The Spanish-American War was fought in both of the oceans, and the canal being made means a big advantage and a good shortcut. South American nation of Columbia controlled the best spot for the canal, also known as the Isthmus of Panama. But Columbia was not willing to give up such land. President Roosevelt ignored their rights to control its territory and sent U.S...