New York State Archives, NYSA_A4234-78_B2_F23_War
A proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson acknowledging war with Austria-Hungary, December 11, 1917. In this document, Wilson proclaims that a state of war exists between the U.S. and Austria Hungary. He asks that all civil and military officers "exercise vigilance and zeal in the discharge of the duties incident to such a state of war" and that the American people uphold the laws of the land and give their support to the war effort.President Woodrow Wilson's acknowledgment of war with Austria-Hungary. In this last part of the document Wilson provides public safety regulations, such as not allowing Austro-Hungarian citizens living in the U.S. who are over the age of 14 to leave the U.S. without a court order or permit from the President.
What is a defensive alliance?
What goal did many European powers have when creating alliances?
Who were the major members of the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente?
If the United States was angry with Germany because of submarine attacks and the Zimmermann Telegram, why did President Wilson declare war on Austria-Hungary?
In addition to declaring war on Austria-Hungary, name two other restrictions this document places on people of Austro-Hungarian background.
If you were a leader of a European power in the years leading up to World War I, would you join an alliance? What positive and negative arguments would you use to support your choice?
English: Divide into two groups. Each group is part of a panel of advisors to a European ruler in the early 1900s. Each group is assigned to either persuade or dissuade the ruler from joining an alliance. After each group researches and prepares statements, the teacher serves as moderator for a well-ordered mock-debate.
Allan, Tony. The Causes of World War I. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2003.