Life in 1917

When 1917 began, the United States was still involved in the conflict with Pancho Villa in Mexico. The American public was aware of the conflict of Europe but still not war hungry. Instead they were preoccupied with their everyday lives. They had just elected the first woman to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana (who won…

March 1, 1917 -The Zimmermann Telegram

According to the National Archives: “In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, von Eckhardt, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause.” The telegram was decoded to read:”We intend to begin on the first of February…

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