The Un­declared

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War Spilled
Europe and the Middle East in mid-1914, pitting the empires of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottomans – known as the Central Powers – against the Allied forces. Most Americans viewed the conflict as a European problem and wanted to avoid any American involvement. In response, President Woodrow Wilson declared America’s neutrality, even as he and others took advantage of the opportunity to boost the country’s economy, allowing unrestricted sales of commercial goods, food supplies, and munitions. This policy, however, would not go unchallenged by Germany, which undertook a secret war, on U.S. soil, with American industry as its primary target.

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