Laverack Family Assistant Professor of History, Duke University
About the SeminarThe United States declared its neutrality in 1914. According to President Wilson’s August 1914 appeal to the American people, what were the challenges of neutrality for the United States as both a great power and an immigrant nation? From the beginning, American wartime neutrality became a contested proposition in need of continuous clarification. How did matters of transatlantic finance and trade test the commitment to neutrality? What solutions were found by the Wilson administration? In his addresses to Congress, President Wilson made his case for U.S. intervention. On what grounds and with what goals did he take the nation into war? In April 1917 Congress debated the U.S. entry into the war. What was the case against the war as articulated by its most prominent opponents in the Senate and House?
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- The Beginning
- Woodrow Wilson, An Appeal to the American People
- Meanings of Neutrality
- Debating Maritime Warfare 1915
- Travel, War, and Neutrality
- Preparedness, Peace, and War
- Socialist Critics
- George Sylvester Viereck, Writings
- War of Images
- Wilson’s Case
- Congressional Anti-War Speeches
- Military Views
- General Board, “Naval Policy with Present Requirements,” July 1915
- Intellectuals Temptations
- Randolph Bourne, “Twilights of Idols,” The Seven Arts
- Promises of War?
- “Close Ranks,” The Crisis, July 1918