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Question 1
During World War I, warring parties required a massive amount of capital and resources
to sustain soldiers on the battlefield. In the initial years of the war, the United States was a
neutral stakeholder that did not directly participate in the conflict (Coffman, 2014). The warring
powers had exhausted their resources and needed provisions for their armies that were in combat.
They obtained these resources and provisions from the U.S., thereby boosting the country’s
economy. The high demand for provisions during the initial years of the war boosted the U.S
exports greatly. Thus, the country sold most exports to Allied powers, including Britain, France,
and Russia. Among its key exports were cotton, rubber, machinery, wheat, and automobiles. For
this reason, the war boosted the country’s economy by increasing demand for its domestic goods.
While the U.S economy grew rapidly during the initial years of the First World War, it
started to decline upon entry into the war. The country needed soldiers and supplies to sustain its
army abroad upon declaring her intentions to enter the war. Americans who had been working in
the production industries had to leave their jobs to join the military, leading to decreased
productivity. To compensate for the reduced labor force, American women entered the
workforce to sustain the country’s war efforts. The country spent huge amounts of resources and
money to sustain military personnel in combat and manufacture machinery for the war. It had to
increase taxes on cooperations to fulfill part of its huge financial deficit. Therefore, World War I
had positive and negative effects on America’s economy.
Question 2
European powers believed that the U.S was a developing young nation and, thus, its
contribution to the war effort was purely for economic purposes. The countries assumed that
America engaged in the war effort to assist it in recovering from previous conflicts. Germans

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Running head: WORLD WAR I 1 World War I Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation WORLD WAR I 2 Question 1 During World War I, warring parties required a massive amount of capital and resources to sustain soldiers on the battlefield. In the initial years of the war, the United States was a neutral stakeholder that did not directly participate in the conflict (Coffman, 2014). The warring powers had exhausted their resources and needed provisions for their armies that were in combat. They obtained these resources and provisions from the U.S., thereby boosting the country’s economy. The high demand for provisions during the initial years of the war boosted the U.S exports greatly. Thus, the country sold most exports to Allied powers, including Britain, France, and Russia. Among its key exports were cotton, rubber, machinery, wheat, and automobiles. For this reason, the war boosted the country’s economy by increasing demand for its domestic goods. While the U.S economy grew rapidly during the initial years of the First World War, it started to decline upon entry into the war. The country needed soldiers and supplies to sustain its army abroad upon declaring her intentions to enter the war. Americans who had been working in the production industries had to leave their jobs to join the military, leading to decreased productivity. To compensate for the reduced labor force, American women entered the workforce to sustain the country’s war efforts. The country spent huge ...
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