Chapter Twenty-Five: World War One
In this chapter you will learn how and why the country got involved in World War I, the most destructive war in history up to that time. You will learn why the United States, contrary to all precedent and tradition in our history, decided to spill American blood and spend American treasure helping the British and the French break the intractable deadlock of trench warfare in Europe and destroy the German's bold thrust towards European hegemony. You will learn how, once President Wilson committed the country to this goal, the government was able to marshal and organize the astonishing industrial strength of the American economy to get the job done, creating and transporting to Europe whole armies, with all their weapons, vehicles, and supplies, including the ships needed to get everything over there, in only about a year. That alone was as astonishing and unlikely an accomplishment as winning the war against the experienced Germans would be once we got there. Next you will learn how the inexperienced but enthusiastic Americans were able to turn the tide of war against the mighty German juggernaut, so quickly in fact that the enemy surrendered basically on the spot and didn't even make a break for the safety of the Fatherland. Finally, you will learn what President Woodrow Wilson's plan was to win the peace after the Americans had been so instrumental in winning the war, and what happened to his visionary and idealistic goals at Versailles, where the victors divided up the spoils and the hapless Germans were brought to their final humiliation. World War I introduced the United States to the grim realities of trying to make the world safe for democracy, as Wilson put it, in a world preoccupied more with power than with peace. This file is 1 hr. 11 min. in length and 65 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.