Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 2, 1917 The presidents voice demanded a certain presence and respect, impossible to ignore. Therefore Congress did the only thing they could do, listen intently. This speech was of no small matter after all, Woodrow Wilson had a grim favor to ask of the men in front of him. "With a profound sense of the solemn and even tragic character of the step I am taking and of the grave responsibilities which it involves, but in unhesitating obedience to what I deem my constitutional duty, I advise that the Congress declare the recent course of the Imperial German Government to be in fact nothing less than war against the Government and people of the United States." This war would be very real, though Wilson had a specific way he wanted to go about it. Perhaps he believed, supporting the Allied powers against Germany and protecting American trade interests was possible without necessarily fighting in deadlock Europe. The man despised war and attempted to keep relations friendly between the warring Great Powers as long as he felt he possibly could. Though by the Spring of '17 German naval shenanigans had brought him to his breaking point. But he figured the Kaiser's insult to American neutrality was just a high seas scuffle surely. Therefore while the "immediate full equipment of the Navy in all respects but particularly in supplying it with the best means of dealing with the enemy's submarines." was certainly imperative and he advocated as well for providing to the Allies "the most liberal financial credits, in order that our resources may so far as possible be added to theirs." he felt that the army could for the most part be left out of the conflict. The war-torn lands of France and Belgium had become truly horrific places, and while he could certainly no longer claim he was the President that "kept us out of war", maybe he could still keep us from the brunt of the fighting. Hey everybody, I've been skulking around this site for a good while now and I figured I'd finally give a timeline a shot. Any criticism/corrections/suggestions are all very appreciated as the depth of my knowledge on certain subjects/areas are not very deep. With that said I do have a general plan on how this will go and hope to take it up to the mid-1940's. I hope you enjoy reading.