WWI Centennial: U.S. Rejects German Stance on U-boat Warfare

July 21, 1915: U.S. Rejects German Stance on U-boat Warfare 

The sinking of the Lusitaniaon May 7, 1915, triggered a diplomatic crisis that brought the U.S. to the edge of war, as President Woodrow Wilson demanded the end of Germany’s submarine campaign against neutral shipping while the Germans refused. Tensions mounted with the exchange of a series of “notes” throughout the summer of 1915 – always delivered in unfailingly polite Victorian language, even when the threat of...

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