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.)
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.
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.
The United States of America in 1917. A huge crowd on the streets of a city in the United States. A motorcade proceeds on a road. People on either side of the road wave U.S. flags and cheer. French General Joseph Joffre accompanied by officials walks through a crowd (likely New York City on "Joffre Day," May 11, 1917). A large number of people on the sides wave flags. French General Joseph Joffre is celebrated during the early days of American involvement in World War I. Scene changes to the dome of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC. People outside the building. A Ford motor car arrives. Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, with officials. Henry Ford and Speaker of the House, Congressman James Beauchamp Clark ("Champ") seen seated and talking on a balcony of the United States Capitol building. Officials and dignitaries come down the steps of the Capitol and pose for pictures. The officials conversing. Among them is Thomas Edison who shakes hands with Congressman Clark. The dignitaries leave in an automobile. Next scene shows suffrage and pacifist leader Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, (the first woman congressional representative in the United States) holding flowers, with other suffragette women in a carriage. Policemen maintain order among the crowd of anti-war pacifists outside the building. Two horsemen arrive outside the building. Men and women stand in a group outside.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson at White House in Washington DC during World War 1. Exterior views of the White house with sheep grazing on White House lawn in the foreground. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson works in his office. He stands and watches sheep graze on the White House lawn. Wilson talks on phone. Wilson, seated at table in his office, looks at documents. President Wilson sitting in chair. On April 6, 1917, Wilson signs documents proclaiming a state of war exists between the United States and Germany (Presidential Proclamation 1364) during World War 1. Several officials standing behind him during signing.
WWI draft and mobilization activities in 1917-1918. United States Secretary of War, Newton D Baker at his office in Washington DC, United States. He works on a Man Power Bill to make military registration compulsory for previously registered men between the ages of 18 and 45.