The Gravitational Pull into WWI-U.S Involvement

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Europe felt strong, secure, and stable before WW1. Every country seemed to have a backup plan, or in this case a country, to call on for aid. The majority of European leaders were in some way related and the treaties were abundant. The triple Entente and the Triple Alliance seemed like a solid and logical support system in case of a war. However, these alliances would later prove to be the catalyst to ignite a colossal fire of war and blood for the entire world. That spark came from Austria, Hungary and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The United States seemed like an unlikely candidate for being involved with WW1 because they were Isolationists and stood neutral in the conflict for three years. The reasons for US involvement in WW1 was because of economic instability if Britain loses the war, political unrest that Germany provoked, and the social yearning for war; shaped by the media.
The threat of economic instability influenced the U.S to get into WW1. The U.S had loaned money to allies in Europe for the three years that the war had been going on. Trade with the Allies had increased from $825 million in 1914 to 3.2 billion in 1916, as trade with Britain went up, trade with Germany and Austria went down to nearly nothing as Document (B)’s graph sufficiently shows. Britain was more than three billion dollars in debt to the U.S. If Britain loses the war; that would mean the economy of the United States would be in peril. “How to remain neutral without inflicting
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