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        Theodore Roosevelt and WWI | The Roosevelts

        Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt had been an early critic of neutrality, a proponent of military preparedness, and critical of Woodrow Wilson's reluctance to declare war against Germany. Not until 1917, when Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare on all vessels at sea, and - in the Zimmermann Telegram invited Mexico to attack the United States - did Wilson ask Congress to declare war.

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