[Vision2020] One hundred years ago Thursday (April 6, 1917)

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Mon Apr 3 14:19:01 PDT 2017

Courtesy of America's Library at:



U.S. Entered World War I 
April 6, 1917 

On April 6, 1917, the U.S. joined its allies--Britain, France, and Russia--to fight in World War I. Under the command of Major General John J. Pershing, more than 2 million U.S. soldiers fought on battlefields in France. Many Americans were not in favor of the U.S. entering the war and wanted to remain neutral. However, the U.S. eventually did enter the war. Do you know how the war began and why the U.S. became a part of it?

Disagreements in Europe over territory and boundaries, among other issues, came to a head with the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian zealot on June 28, 1914. Exactly one month later, war broke out. In 1915, the British passenger liner the Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine, killing 128 Americans and further heightening tensions. By the end of 1915, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were battling the Allied Powers of Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro and Japan. In 1917, the U.S. entered the war. Germany formally surrendered on November 11, 1918, and all nations agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated.

The war brought about change in America. For example, women, many of whom had been active supporters of the war to preserve democracy, finally got the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. How else does war always change a country?


The war memorial in Moscow's East City Park . . .

The engraved names of those Moscow citizens who gave their lives in World War I in service to our country . . . 

One last question . . .

How many more?

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" 
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"War never proves who is right, only who is left." - (Unknown)
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