The Change in Attitudes of the People of Kalamazoo toward Germany 1914-1917
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On. June 28, 1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo. This act served as the spark for the hectic diplomatic interchanges known as the July crisis which culminated in the declaration of a European war in August. Three years later the United States also entered the war on the side of the Entente powers. This was interesting considering that in 1914 the United States Put forth a policy of strict neutrality. Various history books give standard reasons for the declaration of war on Germany: the German U-boat campaign with the sinking of the Lusitania, Arabic and Sussex, the German sabotage of American, munitions factories, the effects of' the British propaganda, the Zimmermann note, and the economic ties with the allies. These were responsible for the change in' attitude from one of neutrality to one of outright hatred for the Germans. The reasons for the change in attitude of the country taken as a whole are summarized by these events., but I wonder whether they speak for segments of the population everywhere, in particular of the change in attitude of the people of Kalamazoo.