• Assassination of Ferdinand

    Assassination of Ferdinand
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. They were shot by a man named Gavrilo Princip. "According to Albertini, 'the first bullet wounded the Archduke in the jugular vein, the second inflicted an abdominal wound on the Duchess.'"
  • Lusitania

    The Lusitania was a British ocean liner, designed by a man named Leonard Peskett. It was sunk on May 7, 1915 by a torpedo shot by a German U-boat. The Lusitania sunk in 18 minutes, and also killed 1,198 of the 1,959 people on board.
  • Election of 1916

    Election of 1916
    This election is based basically on people's opinion of war. Most people didn't want us involved in any foreign affairs, so Wilson won the election with the slogan.. "He kept us out of war!" He was part of the isolationists party.
  • Zimmerman Note

    Zimmerman Note
    The Zimmerman Note was a telegram from Germany to Mexico, trying to start war with the US. The British grabbed ahold of the letter before it actually reached Mexico, and they shared this information with America. The US got a little peeved, leading to the declaration of war in April.
  • Russian Revolution

    Russian Revolution
    The Russian revolution led to the destruction of the Tsarist autocracy, which brought them to be The Soviet Union. The second thing to happen was the getting rid of provisional government and bringing in communism. This all happened inand throughout 1917.
  • Selective Service Act

    Selective Service Act
    The Selective Service Act was the act that made all men, of or over age 18, sign up to be drafted if ever needed in war. This law was passed by the US congress on May 18, 1917. It was passed mostly for World War Two.
  • Espionage and Sedition Act

    Espionage and Sedition Act
    The Espionage Act took away the freedom of speech, with help from the court case Schenck vs US. In 1918 the Espionage Act was amplified by the Sedition Act, stating that any bad opinion of the government or war cannot be said outloud. "One historian of American civil liberties has called it 'the nation's most extreme antispeech legislation.'"
  • War Industry Board

    War Industry Board
    This was a US government agency established during WWI to coordinate the purchase of war supplies. It encouraged mass-production. This was initially led by a man named Frank A. Scott.
  • Fourteen Points

    Fourteen Points
    Fourteen Points was a speech given by president Woodrow Wilson to congress on January 8, 1918. It described the solution to preventing future wars, and the causes of them. It also included free trade, no secret treaties, freedom of seas, reduction of armaments, and self determination.
  • Armistice

    Armistice was an agreement that stopped the fighting of WWI, initially ending the war. This agreement was signed on a train in 1918. It said that the Germans needed to withdrawal their troops to behind their own borders, let go of any prisoners, and pay reparations.
  • Schenck vs US

    Schenck vs US
    This court case decided that issuing propaganda is causing fear and is badmouthing the government. It basically limited the freedom of speech. The government compares this to yelling into a movie theatre and yelling "fire!" .
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    The Treaty of Versailles was a peace treaty signed by the US, Britain, France, and Italy. This treaty basically ended World War One. The allied powers signed it so that they could put all the blame of war on Germany, and punish them. Most of Wilson's 14 points were ignored in the treaty, though.