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        World War I and American Neutrality | The Great War

        Explore Woodrow Wilson’s policy of neutrality in the years before the United States entered World War I, through primary sources and videos excerpted from The Great War: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Despite Wilson’s proposed policy of “impartiality and fairness and friendliness,” intended to protect the nation against involvement in the war, the economic realities of profitable business arrangements with the Allies and the news coming solely from Great Britain helped tilt the United States toward support of the Allies. This resource is a part of The Great War: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Collection.

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        Wilson's Declaration of Neutrality

        Discover how Woodrow Wilson advocated neutrality in his 1914 speech to Congress by appealing to American patriotism, while recognizing that the country’s diverse ethnicities might influence people’s loyalties.

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        The Myth of Neutrality

        Examine how the United States, despite its declared neutrality, provided financial support for the Allies and how the U.S. economy benefitted from this arrangement.

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