Hope of peace dying (Jan. 1)

The war in Europe began in July 1914, but it wouldn’t be until 1917 that the United States joined in. Woodrow Wilson had hoped to keep his nation neutral, but those hopes were disappearing.

In a story datelined Jan. 1 out of Washington, the Review reported that much of the discussion in the capitol “was devoted to the unfavorable situation growing out of the entente [the Allies] reply to the peace proposals of the central powers [Germany, et. al.].”

The headline on the story said simply: “hope of peace is dying and gloom pervades White House.”

Unless Wilson was successful in getting the parties to talk, the article said, “the war will go on another year at least.”

The coming of the United States’ entry into the way a few months later would activate groups such as the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies), who opposed American involvement. In turn, that would help bring about the strike in Bisbee, and elsewhere, that began the Deportation.