Bell ringer • If our country went to war, would you volunteer to serve? Would you refuse to go? Would you protest the country’s involvement in the conflict?
American Power Tips the Balance • American Military Mobilization • Almost 10 million men register for combat under the Selective Service Act • Women are not drafted, but some fill non- combat positions • Black soldiers serve in segregated units, some are assigned to fight on the front lines
American Power Tips the Balance • American Success in Combat • The U.S. constructs ships to expand its fleet for the war effort • Using the convoy system, the Allies break the German blockade • General Pershing insists on having American soldiers fight as an independent force • The U.S. helps turn the tide against the Central Powers by 1918
American Power Tips the Balance • Fighting "Over There • New, terrifying weapons change the face of warfare • Medical services cannot keep up with the physical and emotional wounds suffered by soldiers
American Power Tips the Balance • The Collapse of Germany • Soon after the German people rebel against the war and the Kaiser, Germany agrees to an armistice on November 11, 1918 • The toll of the war on human life is staggering
Classwork • Complete page 79 in the workbook for your notes
Homework • Read chapter 19, section 4 • Complete chapter 19, section assessment 4