America made a decisive entry into World War 1 in 1916 strengthening the Allied Forces. It had assumed a neutral position in the military struggle for superiority between Britain and Germany. Germany’s blockade led to the sinking of the British Liner Lusitanic ship claiming innocent lives including American sailors. This triggered President Woodrow Wilson to retaliate. This paper highlights impacts of World War one on the history of the United States of America and the western civilization.
Through World War one, America gained both military superiority and political influence in Europe and in the world. Her financial, military and technology saw the Triple entente win over the triple alliance. Her political influence was manifested in the signing of the Versailles treaty. Germany took blame for the rapture of World War one.
President Woodrow Wilson pleaded with the congress to realize the role played by women during the war leading to the nineteenth amendment. Women proved productive in industries in the absence of men. Causalities incurred during the war received sentiments from citizens. This resulted to a new reign of diplomacy negating involvement of America in European conflicts. It prevailed until 1940 when Pearl Harbor was attacked making her join the Second World War.
The economy of the United States of America flourished due to the increased demand of weapons. Her technological development resulted to manufacturing of superior weapons. The increased demand resulted to increased employment opportunities improving the living standards of the people and government revenue.
In conclusion America became superior both in military and technology despite the causalities. The innocence of western civilization was tarnished with the brutality of the war and the causalities witnessed due the enmity between the allied forces and triple alliance.