War Message to Congress
The US had long maintained neutrality in WWI despite the pressure to enter the war, especially after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, which had American citizens on board at the time. Neutrality began diminishing when the Germans began unrestricted submarine warfare, despite their promises to the contrary. The Germans also attempted, through the Zimmerman Telegram, to urge Mexico into an alliance with them. Wilson decided that in order to keep democracy and humanity safe it was necessary for the US to enter the war. He assembled a huge army and gave command to General Pershing.
Wilson read his War Message speech to Congress on April 2, 1917. The declaration was passed by Congress on April 4, 1917 and Wilson approved it on April 6, 1917.
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