The First World War

  • Assissanition of France Ferdinand

    Archduke France Ferdinand was assissanited by a terrorist, only 19 years old, by the name of Gavrilo Princip. This sparked other countries to fight in alliances.
  • American Response

    America established themselves at neutral in the beginning of the war primarily because of the war's effect on trade.Commercial investments overseas had increased from $700 million to $3.5 billion. President Woodrow Wilson wanted to protect investments.
  • Submarine Warefare

    German U-boats, or submarines, would ignore 'old rules' of allowing merchant ships to jump ship before they were attacked. Instead, they would just attack them without warning. The entire type of warefare broke the stalemate of the war.
  • Selective Service Act

    This act was for authorizing a draft of young men for military service. Before, this draft would spark uprisings, but given the circumstances of this war, people were much more accepting of the draft.
  • The Zimmermann Note

    The Zimmermann Note was when Arthur Zimmermann, Germany's foreign secretary, made a secret offer to Mexico. If Mexico delcared war on the US Germany would reward them with American land. This was one of the pushes that led to America's involvement in the war.
  • Managing the Economy

    LIberty bonds, special war bonds to support the Allied cause, were used to redeem bonds later on. The US paid more than a quarter of its war costs in liberty bonds and had to pay after the war. The US had to regulate its economy if it wanted to stay afloat in the war. This is why they needed certain standards for wages and food regulations.
  • Ending the War

    Central Powers collaples, Allies attacked, and countires became independent. An armistice, or cease-fire, was signed.
  • Genocides

    Hundreds of thousands of Armenian civilizians were killed in the act of genocide, or organized killing of an entire people. The government killing anybody they thought were being disloyal, this continued into the 1920s.