06 Apr '17, 12pm

#WWI: Building the American military

#WWI: Building the American military

That was the headline screaming from newspapers around the country on April 6, 1917, as the United States declared war on the German empire. The United States had avoided being drawn into what was then known as "The Great War," which had been raging in Europe since 1914. But German unrestricted submarine warfare, which U.S. leaders regarded as war on civilians, led to this juncture. President Woodrow Wilson, who had just been re-elected under the slogan "He Kept Us Out of War," felt he had no other option. Congress provided the then-astronomical sum of $3 billion to build a million-man Army. "The United States was in it, but they had to define what 'it' meant," said Brian Neumann, a historian at the Army's Center of Military History. Neumann, who edited a series on the Army during World War I, said it wasn't a done deal that Americans would go to France to help man the Wes...

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