President Wilson leaves the White House and proceeds up Pennsylvania Avenue to arrive at the Capitol in Washington D. C., United States. President wilson addresses the Congress to declare war against Germany.
An Allied ship in final stage of sinking by a German U-Boat during world War I. The ship's boilers explode as she goes under. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson looking out a window in his office. Officers and crew crowd conning tower of a German submarine as it approaches a steamer it has stopped at sea. View of shells from the U-Boat's deck gun, striking at the ship's waterline. View from the U-Boat deck of the ship sinking. She disappears, bow-first, beneath the water. Black smoke issues from her stack. President Wilson signing papers at his desk. American flag flying in front of the nation's capitol. President Wilson addressing the Congress and obtaining a declaration of war against Germany, on April 6, 1917. A banner reading: "War is declared." Recruits marching into an Army Post, in civilian clothes, carrying personal baggage. Regular U.S. soldiers beginning the basic training of recruits. Recruits learning the manual of arms, with wooden substitute weapons. Recruits engaged in Calisthenics outdoors at an army base. contingents of uniformed and trained American soldiers marching along a road. Soldiers practicing live fire with machine guns, and engaged in bayonet training. Troops in formation double-time marching. American troops marching to trains at a railroad station, as spectators cheer them. They board train and wave as it pulls out of the station. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Jeannette Rankin, Republican member of Congress from Montana, and first woman representative elected in the United States, is seen standing with women's suffrage movement activists in Chicago, Illinois, just before America's entry into World War 1. The leading slate mentions her forthcoming participation in a special session of Congress (referring to the Joint Session of Congress on April 2, when President Wilson will ask for a declaration of war against Germany). Rankin holds a bouquet of flowers and stands with another woman wearing a large corsage of flowers. A dozen women suffragists stand behind them. The building behind seems to be a hotel, containing several mirrored doors. Several men passersby walk past the camera while it photographing the group. Jeannette Rankin moves forward and another woman helps her to step into a vehicle (unseen).
U.S. severs diplomatic ties with Germany on February 3, 1917. View of American President Thomas Woodrow Wilson at the White House in Washington DC. President Wilson seated at a desk reads documents. He signs a document and hands it to an official. President Wilson addresses the Congress and declares war on Germany on April 2, 1917.
Events during World War 1. Sketches : In November 1916 newspaper shows Wilson reelected as a president. Cartoon depict the people of America supporting the Wilson's policy of peace. Several sketches of Thomas Woodrow Wilson after winning the election. Second inaugural of President Wilson at the United States capitol in Washington D.C. The German High Command in Berlin. Posters show the hardships of German citizens due to Allied blockade. Germany announces unrestrained submarine warfare against all vessels. Posters of the Germans destroying the American ships. The New York times reports German demarche to Japan and Mexico for support to Germany. Sketch depicts Germany Secretary of foreign affairs, Arthur Zimmermann seeks these alliances. Theodore Roosevelt addresses people. Several sketches of Woodrow Wilson. On April 2nd 1917 President Woodrow Wilson obtains declaration of war against Germany, from congress. American enters the conflict. U.S. Soldiers carry weapons in the battle field. sketches of several American officials. People work in factories to produce war materiel. A person with posters promoting Liberty bonds. A blindfolded person draws numbers from a bowl for civilian conscription. Citizens entering military service. People in a railroad train and others stand outside. People holding baggage walk in a group. A doctor checks the mouth of a recruit. Army recruit getting a haircut. Soldier stands holding guns. Soldiers practice firing artillery. Soldiers march. American recruits practice on wooden guns. Several sketches of the allied armies.
Glimpse of the U.S. Capitol dome. Members of Congress and associated staff and other persons are seen gathering in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC , on April 2, 1917,. for the first session of the 65th U.S. Congress of the United States (following a special session in March). Many people sit on the steps and others gather in clusters. Scene shifts to Jeannette Rankin, Republican representative from Montana, and the first woman elected to Congress. She and a man are trying to unfold a large American flag before the camera. Soon two more men help and they hold the flag spread out as Representative Rankin poses in front of it. Next, James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark, Democratic representative from Missouri (who would be elected Speaker of the House) shakes hands with James Robert Mann, Republican representative from Illinois, who served as House Minority Leader from 1911-1919. Elsewhere in Washington, Jeannette Rankin stands with suffragist Carrie Catt, in the back of an open car in front of the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Woman's Suffrage Association. Rankin holds a bouquet of flowers. An American flag is displayed nearby. Next the car is seen pulling away, causing Rankin to fall back and sit, from where she was standing, in the back seat. Two more cars full of women follow. A cordon of police officers begins to move a crowd back, and two mounted policemen direct people away from the Capitol buildings. (Note: In this first session of the 65th Congress , on April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declaration war on Germany.)