WWI Gallery Talk by Tetsu Amagasu
Tetsu Amagasu, WWI exhibit chair of the Mahwah Museum, presented a gallery talk about the entry of the United States into WWI .
World War I started in Europe in 1914. Initially, President Woodrow Wilson was unmoved by military and war preparedness advocates. The former New Jersey Governor said “There is no such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.” It was not until the German submarine attack on the British ship, the Lusitania, which killed 128 American citizens did he begin to favor an increase in armaments. In 1916 the National Defense Act was passed. America had just reelected Wilson president under the campaign slogan “He Kept Us Out of War,” and now he needed their support as we were about to enter into war.