The british ocean liner lusitainia is sunk by germans causing the american people and government to look down on the germans.
Wilson believes that he should begin preparing for war and does so. he does not want to go to war however.
Causes the americans to become more angry with the germans. To prevent the americans involvement in the war germans issue the Sussex Pledge to pacify the US. Sussex pledge "We will not sink vessels without giving warning"
Former College professor and govenernor
Son of presbyterian minister
Strongly opposed to war
VP is william jennings bryan
Germans sink ships to try and prevent the shipping of supplies from the US to the allies
Germans resumed unrestricted submarine warfare believing that they could defeat europe before the americans come
The Zimmerman Note
Germans try and convince mexico to fight the US mexico refuses