Woodrow Wilson and World War I

In 1914, the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand, set off a series of events leading to the beginning of World War I.

In the US, President Woodrow Wilson was determined America would remain neutral, a stance that began to erode in 1915 when, without warning, the British ocean liner Lusitania was torpedoed with 1,198 people, including 128 Americans, losing their lives.

As events escalated, President Wilson gave an address later that year about the need to ensure that the armed forces were prepared to defend the country.

After the address he wrote: “There is a quotation from Ezekiel which I have had very much in mind recently.” He quoted Ezekiel 33 which, in part, says: “He that heard the sound of the trumpet and took not warning, his blood shall be upon him, but he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.”

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