With American participation in World War I, tremendous demands were made on both American military and civilian populations and the nation was permanently transformed. In efforts to meet increased demands for goods, the federal government also expanded dramatically, taking an unprecedented role in guiding the economy.


For three long years, President Woodrow Wilson made every effort to maintain American neutrality as anti-war sentiment was deeply entrenched throughout the political spectrum. Prominant reformers including Jane Addams as well as radicals such as Emma Goldman also deeply opposed U.S. involvement in the war.

It was through a series of incidents, including the loss of 128 American lives when German submarines sank the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, that the American public opinion changed regarding the war involvement. On April 2, 1917, Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war, warning that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

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Contributors Cohan, George M. (George Michael)/Edison/Performer Billy Murray/Date: 1917/United States/LOC Patriotic Music/Popular Songs of the Day/Progressive Era to New Era/Songs and Music/War and Conflict/World War/TITLE: Over there

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