Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia. Ultimately the largest war in history to that point began.
The Ottoman Empire, Germany and Austria-Hungary formed the Central Powers. Opposing them were Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Italy as the Allied Powers. In 1917 the United States joined the Allied Powers. Why did America make that decision?
This week on The Historians Podcast, author and historian Neil Lanctot looks at arguments raised by three American leaders with differing points of view leading up to America entering the First World War — former President Theodore Roosevelt, President Woodrow Wilson and social reformer Jane Addams.
You can listen to the podcast here.
You can read more about this story in Lanctot’s book The Approaching Storm: Roosevelt, Wilson, Addams and Their Clash Over America’s Future (Riverhead Books, 2021).
Previously Lanctot wrote books on black professional baseball in America including Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella (Simon & Schuster, reprinted 2012) Lanctot’s writing also has appeared in the Smithsonian, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and several other journals and anthologies.
You can find more podcasts and stories at bobcudmore.com.
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