Path to War: America’s Entry into World War I
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
About This Event
American entry into the Great War resulted from lengthy debate and soul-searching about national identity and the nation's role on the world stage. Michael Neiberg, chair of War Studies and professor of history in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, will track American responses to the outbreak of the war in 1914, the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, the debates about military preparedness in 1916 and how American sentiment changed by April 1917 to see war as the only remaining option. He'll also explain how the nation joining the war is fundamental to American history and America's relationship to the world in the century since. This event is part of a series on World War I sponsored by the Library.