President Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States in 1914. President Wilson expressed the view that as far as the war in Europe was concerned (1914-1918) Americans should remain neutral in thought and deed'. However, on his re-election in 1916, his private views concided with that of the Allied Powers, and the United States began to supply them with arms and loans.
In 1917 with the sentiment that the world had to be made 'safe for democracy', the United States entered the war, thus ending its neutrality and begining decades of involvement in European affairs.
Smith, G.A. (1992), The USA as a world power, British Association for American Studies, London.
The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool and would be a good place to start your reserach on this topic.
Books on our shelves
- History of the United States - 973
- Forms of government and the rise of Democracy edited by Brain Duignan
- Hiroshima by Stewart Ross
- A New world power: from 1920 to 1945 edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt
- Pearl Harbor by Stewart Ross and Joe Woodward
From the Key Concepts in American History series:
From the Eyewitness History series:
- The Great Depression David F. Burg
From the Milestones in American History
- The Stock market crash of 1929 by Brenda Lange
- Brett, P (2000), The USA and the world, 1917-45, Hodder & Stoughton, London.
- Dorothea Lange, (1987), Dorothea Lange, with an essay by Christopher Cox, Aperture, New York
- Nippoldt, R (2013), Jazz: New York in the roaring twenties, Taschen, Koln.
- Swinton, J (1996), USA 1919-45: the rise to world leadership, Longman, Melbourne
- Walker Evans: (1983), Photographs for the Farm Security Administration, 1935-1938, Da Capo, New York.
On our shelves - General reference
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- World Book Encyclopedia
On our shelves - Subject encyclopaedia
- Taylor, AJP, Roberts, JM, Cross, R.W. (1979), 20th century, Purnell Reference Books, Milwaukee. [20 volumes]
- Britannica Online *You will need your user name and password to use these resources.
Overview of the USA in 1917:
- US Entry into World War I - From the Office of the Historian (U.S. Government)
Nature and causes of internal divisions in American society:
- Klu Klux Klan - from the History Channel
- NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of American Coloured People
- Native American Cultures - from the History Channel
- Scopes Monkey Trial - Monkey Trial begins, from the History Channel
- The Jazz Age: the American 1920s - from Digital History
Great Depression and the New Deal
- Roosevelt and The New Deal - from the Roosevelt Institute
- Timeline of the Great Depression - from PBS
- The Wall Street Crash and Depression - from BBC - GCSE Bitesize
American Foreign Policy 1917-1918
- AP Central - Teaching 1917-1945 in the U.S History survery. by David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Stanford University, Stanford, California
America's war effort (1941-1945)
- America goes to war, from the National WWII Museum, New Orleans
- Atomic Bomb, from the History Channel
- Attack on Pearl Harbour, from the History Channel
- Timeline - World War II in Europe
- The Yalta Conference, 1945, from the Office of Historian (U.S. Government)
- Yalta and Postdam conferences - BBC-GCSE, Bitesize