The Effect of WWI on the United States

At the start of the Great War, the US, led by President Wilson, maintained a policy of strict neutrality. However, the American stance changed partly due to Germany renewing their unrestricted submarine warfare and the revelation of their plan to help Mexico reclaim the states they lost in the Mexican-American War if Mexico entered WWI.

During the war, the US suffered around 110,000 deaths through combat and influenza. As this video illustrates, the war inspired a dramatic expansion of the US government and military, which had a lasting impact on the country for years to come.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.