THE ZIMMERMANN TELEGRAPH
By Katie Yuhas
On January 17,
1917, the British intercepted a telegram from Germany
to Mexico. The German foreign minister Arthur Zimmermann
sent it to von Eckhardt, the German ambassador in Mexico. Zimmermann asked in the telegram if Mexico
would agree to go to war to help Germany. Zimmermann intern promised to get back the
land in the United States Mexico had lost in an earlier war against the U.S. Americans had already become angry against
the Germans for U-boat attacks. Germans
destroyed the Lusitania
and other ships because they thought they were ships carrying weapons, when
they were really carrying passengers.
Many American died from Germany’s
attacks at sea.
The Zimmermann telegraph pushed Americans over the
edge. Besides proposing the German and
Mexican alliance, the telegraph also criticized the American President Woodrow
Wilson. After Wilson
received the telegraph, he and congress soon declared war against Germany.
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