1917-S WALKING LIBERTY 50C, REVERSE MS66
REVERSE S. GEM BLAST WHITE. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
As a nation the United States avoided the European conflict that began in 1914 at all possible costs because it was against the current isolationist stance several people and the government maintained. It seemed that European victories had significantly plateaued by 1917 and there truly was no end in sight. After several threats, provocations, and a final militant attack on the United States’ liner Housatonic by Germany, we officially severed diplomatic ties with the German government on February 3, 1917. Little did the U.S. government know that prior to the militant attack Arthur Zimmerman, the German Minister, sent a “secret” proposal to the German Ambassador in Mexico intended for their government. Within the telegraph, the minister promised to return the Southwest United States back to Mexico if they declared war on their Northern Neighbors. To send this telegraph to Mexico, Zimmerman had to relay the message through another ambassador in Great Britain where the British could intercept it, deciphered, and relayed to the United States government on February 24th. The Mexican government had denied the proposal, which then helped the United States form a relationship with them. Fed up with Germany President Wilson requested a declaration of war on April 2nd and four days later congress issued a formal declaration of war on Germany. Now the United States was all in with the Allied Forces which included: France, Britain, and Russia and essentially strengthened their defenses ten-fold. By June 26th the U.S. sent their first support troops over to France most of whom had been conscripted in the second Federal Draft in American History. It was not until October 21st that American troops saw their first frontline action that inevitably led to the first casualties of this vicious, bloody war on November 2nd.