Preparedness Movement

Very early in this chapter, Foner talks about Neutrality and Preparedness in regards to America getting involved with the war. In 1915 when a German submarine sank the Lusitania killing 124 Americans, President Wilson’s policy changed from neutrality to preparedness for war. Although Foner addresses this change in policy, he does so on a very superficial level. He does not really convey the intense controversy that this change in policy warrants among the American people. Although Foner discusses those who were in favor in America preparing for war, he leaves out information about those who were against preparedness and what exactly the policy entailed.

The socialist movement was one of many public oppositions to the preparedness movement


1) What groups opposed the preparedness movement?

2) What types of measures was the government looking at to expand the army and navy?

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