CLEP Western Civ II

Category - WWI

Which of the following describes the Zimmerman Telegram?
  1. A telegram suggesting a possible alliance between Germany and Mexico
  2. A legendary dispatch with essential information about German codes
  3. An irate condemnation of German aggression in Belgium
  4. The American response to the sinking of the Lusitania
  5. The last of a series of telegrams that brought Italy into the war on the Allies’ side
Answer: A - The Zimmerman Telegram suggested that Germany was reaching out to Mexico to form an alliance. Historians have since proved that Germany attempted no such alliance; however, in 1917, the American public accepted it as fact. The thought that Germany might be conspiring to invade the United States helped push the United States into World War I on Britain's side.
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