World War I (detail from combat art)

World War I

Americans reluctantly entered Europe’s “Great War” and tipped the balance to Allied victory. In part the nation was responding to threats to its own economic and diplomatic interests. But it also wanted, in the words of President Woodrow Wilson, to “make the world safe for democracy.” The United States emerged from the war a significant, but reluctant, world power.

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Facts / Statistics

Dates: 1917-1918
Troops: 4,734,991
Deaths: 116,516