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Zimmermann Telegram (1917) and Resource Materials

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    This telegram, written by German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann, is a coded message sent to Mexico, proposing a military alliance against the United States. The obvious threats to the United States contained in the telegram inflamed American public opinion against Germany and helped convince Congress to declare war against Germany in 1917. This resource group includes 2 primary source images, a background essay and a transcript.

  • Zimmermann Telegram (1917): Image 1

    This is an image of the Zimmermann Telegram. This telegram, written by German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann, is a coded message sent to Mexico, proposing a military alliance against the United States. The obvious threats to the United States contained in the telegram inflamed American public opinion against Germany and helped convince Congress to declare war against Germany in 1917.

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  • Zimmermann Telegram (1917): Image 2

    This is an additional image of the Zimmermann Telegram. This telegram, written by German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann, is a coded message sent to Mexico, proposing a military alliance against the United States. The obvious threats to the United States contained in the telegram inflamed American public opinion against Germany and helped convince Congress to declare war against Germany in 1917.

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Investigate primary source images of the 1917 Zimmerman telegram, coded and deciphered, which proposed a military alliance between Germany and Mexico against the United States. Consider how the message spurred the United States into declaring war.


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    National Archives

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    The National Archives and Records Administration (archives.gov)

  • Source:

    National Archives

    http://www.ourdocuments.gov

    Credits

    The National Archives and Records Administration (archives.gov)

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