The opening of this global conflict was vital to the colonists in North America.
Antimilitarists complained the plan would make America resemble Germany which required two years' active duty. An additional 25, Loyalists, faithful to Great Britain, participated in the conflict as well.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Chosen for his compliance, Benson proved a wily bureaucrat who was more interested in preparing for an eventual showdown with Britain than an immediate one with Germany. World War I represents a turning point in African American history, one that shaped the course of the black experience in the twentieth century.
Wilson felt compelled to act, and on April 2,he stood before Congress and issued a declaration of war against Germany.
Despite the flood of new weapons systems unveiled by the British, Germans, French, Austro-Hungarians, Italians, and others in the war in Europe, the Army was paying scant attention. Washington organized his 27, man army based upon British doctrine and precedents; therefore, his army was divided into 6 combat brigades consisting of about 2, men.