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Why Did The Zimmermann Telegram Contribute To World War 1

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Section 2- Investigation: Many historians are skeptical of the importance of the Zimmermann Telegram in instigating America’s entrance into World War I. Despite the insistence of neutrality by the United States, it was inevitable that America would have to intervene in World War I as either a peace negotiator or as an ally to the French and the British. While many Americans remained committed to isolationism—President Woodrow Wilson won reelection using the slogan, “He kept us out of war”—the Zimmerman cipher now served as fresh evidence of German aggression. (Andrews) Many, such as Teddy Roosevelt, were furious at Wilson’s passivity and on April 6, 1917, Wilson signed a declaration of war against Germany. The many events leading to the declaration of war makes it difficult to determine whether the Zimmerman Telegram was a catalyst for American involvement, or simply an aggravating factor leading the United States joining World War I.
In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, von Eckhardt, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause. (Alexander, Mary and Marilyn Childress) The shocking parts of the telegram involved Mexico and Japan. Germany was effectively proposing an alliance to tear the United States apart in the event of American belligerence. The telegram was therefore an act of war. London was betting that Germany's use of
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