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PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENT ANALYSIS: 1917: THE U.S. DECLARATION OF WAR AND AMERICA’S ROLE AS A WORLD POWER

PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENT ANALYSIS: 1917: THE U.S. DECLARATION OF WAR AND AMERICA’S ROLE AS A WORLD POWER

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER IN ANALYZING THIS DOCUMENT:•What is the central purpose of Wilson’s speech?

•What is the focus of Wilson’s War Message?

•How “neutral” was the United States before its entry in to World War One?

•What is Wilson accusing Germany of doing?

•How will, according to Wilson, the U.S.respond to this?

•Was the U.S. decision to intervene in World War One justified?

•What were the challenges to U.S. neutrality before its entry into World War One? Evaluate theU.S.’sresponsesto these challenges.

•Evaluate the evidence used by President Wilson to justify U.S. entry into World War One.

QUESTIONS TO PERHAPS CONSIDER IN YOUR CONCLUSION:

•Some have noted a possible rise in isolationist sentiment in the United States and its implications for party politics in future presidential elections. Do you think U.S. voters are looking for less interventionist leaders in 2020? Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of playing a smaller role in the global arena