Exactly one hundred years ago, the American government declared war on Germany. This act occurred in a context of outrage and hatred against all things German that spurned a witch hunt against German Americans and their culture, including book burnings, mob violence, and lynchings. Only a few years later, however, this passion and hatred were nearly forgotten, and American foreign policy became thoroughly isolationist. What happened? What were the consequences of this first major American venture into the global struggles, and why did the outrage of 1917 cool down so quickly?
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