Why did the United States want to remain neutral in WWI?


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The majority of Americans felt that the United States should stay out of World War I because it was not a signatory to any of the agreements that had lured the European powers into conflict across the continent, so President Woodrow Wilson declared a neutrality policy, attempting instead to broker a peace agreement. Even when a German sub sank the British ocean liner Lusitania in 1915, with 128 Americans on board, the United States demanded a stop to the destruction of passenger ships, and Germany agreed, leading to continued American neutrality.

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Why did the United States want to remain neutral in WWI?
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Over time, the German subs' acts of what Theodore Roosevelt called "piracy" became too much for the American public to take, and Wilson also realized that the United States had to enter the war if it wanted to have a hand in shaping the peace afterward, so the United States entered the conflict in 1917. In 1919, Wilson's dream of a League of Nations won acceptance at the Paris Peace Conference, although the U.S. Senate's refusal to ratify that treaty and join the League derailed this international peace movement. When the United Nations came into being after World War II, Wilson's dream of an international organization to help broker peace and prevent conflicts was realized.

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