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WWI Timeline

United States Enters WWI

Sinking of the Lusitania

Zimmermann Telegram

Russian Revolution

Committee on Public Information

Armistice Day

Influenza Pandemic Impact on U.S. Troops

War Industries Board

Wilson's Fourteen Points Speech

Espionage Act

Selective Service Act

Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Treaty of Versailles

Formation of the League of Nations

Sedition Act

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The Sedition Act of 1918 made it illegal to express opinions going in anyway against the government. While this did go against the first amendment, congress ruled in constiutional for during the war.

Sedition Acts

May 16, 1918

1918

The Influenza Pandemic otherwise known as the Spanish Fle caused 50 million deaths, far more than the war itself.

Influenza Pandemic Impact on U.S. Troops

July 28, 1917

The main purpose of the war industries board was to regulate manufacturing and to then allocate goods for the military. They ensured that the American soldiers had the equipment, clothing, and weaponry they needed to be successful.

War Industries Board

Lusitania, a passenger or civilian boat, was sunk by the German U-boats and enraged the Americans. It began the start of the tension between America and Germany and made American citizens rethink if staying neutral was the best solution.

Sinking of the Lusitania

May 7, 1915

May 18, 1917

In order for the US military to keep up new forces ready to go into war this act was created. It allowed the creation of the draft and included about 20 million after the end of the war.

Selective Service Act

April 13, 1917 - August 21, 1919

The Committee on Public Information was created in order to justify US entry into the war. By utilizing celebrities and famous locals, this organization actively villainized Germany and suppressed an even more pressing Spanish Flu. One famous way they spread their information was the 4 minute men which during ad breaks in movies would spread their message in order to reach the wide public.

Committee on Public Information

Germany sent a telegram in secret to Mexico to attack America from the south to disrupt them from sending troops to Europe. However the British intercepted the message and sent a warning to America. Finally pushing the Americans to enter the war.

Zimmermann Telegram

January 1917

January 10, 1920

The intention behind the formation of the league of nations was to resolve international disputes peacefully. Each country that joined was committed to reducing their military and to respect the territories of other countries in the league of nations. While America did support the whole purpose behind the cause, America itself did not personally join the league leading to it ultimately failing in that it was not given enough power to enforce acts to maintain international peace.

Formation of the League of Nations

A revolution in which the people of Russia overthrew the Tsar for bringing upon horrible conditions to the people during the first world war. Overwhelmed by the revolution, Russia withdrew from WW1. Fearing the rise of marxism/communism in the near future, the US joined the war effort shortly after Russia’s withdrawal.

Russian Revolution

Mar 8, 1917 – Jun 16, 1923

June 28, 1919

The Treaty of Versailles marked the end of WW1. However this so called treaty was extremely unfair and only led to hate and resentment. All the blame was pinned on Germany and many unfair policies were imposed upon them only leading to the spark of the second world war.

Treaty of Versailles

June 15, 1917

The Espionage Act sought to crack down on wartime activities considered dangerous or disloyal to the United States, and if found guilty, huge fines or imprisonment. Increasing public support and morale for the war.

Espionage Act

Armistice or in other words an agreement was the official end of the war. However, fighting continued for another couple of hours resulting in more unnecessary deaths.

Armistice Day

November 11, 1918

President Woodrow Wilson gave a speech to Congress to rebuild the postwar world and to bring upon lasting peace worldwide. In his speech, he advocated for unselfish peace terms with the Central Powers, a vastly different approach than the traditional use of alliances to balance international powers. This motivated Americans to quickly end the war to bring upon peace and to appease tensions around the world.

Wilson's 14 Point Speech

January 8, 1918

The Meuse-Argonne Offense was one of the final conflicts in WW1. It was the largest American lead battle resulting in over a third of a million deaths. All in hopes of dividing German troops, intercepting information, and cutting off supplies.

Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Sep 26, 1918 – Nov 11, 1918

President Woodrow Wilson goes to Congress to declare war against Germany. Later both the Senate and House support President Wilson in his decision

United States Enters WWI

April 4, 1917