How Many American Civilians Died In WW1?


How Many American Civilians Died In WW1?

Do you know why and how many American civilians died during World War 1?

Well, here I am going to answer this question.

Actually, the main center of the First World War was not America but the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa (mainly Europe).

Short Answer: In a total of 757 American civilians lost their lives.

How Many American Civilians Died In WW1

Therefore, the death of American civilians during the whole combat was very few than the civilians’ deaths in the rest continents.

As per some sources, we found only 757 American civilian deaths in the entire timeline of WW1.


But How Those American Civilians Died In WW1?

Well, most of them died due to the Unrestricted Submarine Warfare policy by the German Navy.

For example, on May 7, 1915, German U-boats attacked and sank a British merchant ship, named ‘Lusitania’.

Here including 128 American civilians, a total of 1,201 people (mostly from Great Britain) drowned in the Atlantic ocean.


How Did The United States Respond To The Incident?

Because of the killing of innocent American citizens this way, the United States President Woodrow Wilson condemned Germany in strong words and demanded to end their policy soon.

As a result, in the same year’s September month, the German government decided to end that particular warfare policy.

However, in 1917 they brought back the warfare program again.

It provoked the United States’ entry into WW1.

What Was The Impact of WW1 On The US Civilians

What Was The Impact of WW1 On The US Civilians?

1. Economic Impacts: World War 1 had a wide-ranging economic impact on the United States civilians.

First of all, the conflict of Europe significantly reduced the unemployment level in the United States because of massive economic growth.

For example, in 1914, the unemployment level was 16.4 percent but after four years, in 1918, it deducted to 5.5 percent only. 

The country started making a lot of money by supplying arms, foods, clothes, and other necessary goods to the continent of Europe.

For these reasons, the US civilians enjoyed significant economic benefits. 

2. Cultural Impact: Culturally, the social status of American women improved better than ever before.

During wartime, many thousands of US women were recruited for new jobs in the newly opened factories.

On the other hand, the lives of American Black people improved quite a lot because of getting recruited for new jobs.

At this time, around 48 percent of American Blacks migrated from southern states to north and west with the hope of a better lifestyle.

3. Political Impact: Politically the country faced some critical situations during wartime; especially, when the violence started raising against German-Americans, and Socialists. 

Many people were afraid that the circumstances would lead the country into a civil war condition.


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