World War I was one of the first great wars during the industrial revolution which involved the major nations of the world. From airplanes and tanks to the telephone and carrier pigeons, World War I participants used all sorts of strategies and tactics to win. Let’s take a look at some of the relatively unseen images of World War I, depicting the United States’ involvement in the Great War.
Ever since the Declaration of Independence, the United States tried to adopt an isolationism and neutrality policy with regards to other nations’ internal affairs. When World War I erupted in July 1914, ninety percent of Americans wanted the United States to maintain its stance and not get involved in the war. After all, why interfere with yet another European conflict?
But it was not just a conflict and President Woodrow Wilson realized this after the first two years of war devastated Europe and threatened to extend across the Atlantic Ocean.
At the beginning of the war, after Archduke of Austria-Hungary was assassinated, Great Britain and France allied against Germany and Austria-Hungary. For many Americans, choosing a side between the Allies or the Central Powers was impossible as most of them were descending from immigrants coming from the very countries involved in the conflict. American leaders decided it was in the country’s best interest to maintain its neutrality and continue trade with both sides.