At 3 a.m. Jeannette Rankin casts her first vote, as the first woman member of Congress, against going to war. Forty-nine other members of the House of Representatives join her, but the war resolution easily carries.
Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska warns that the driving force behind American entry into the war is a desire to keep Wall Street banks afloat after the billions of dollars of loans they have extended to Britain and France. But only five other senators vote with...
President Woodrow Wilson, who since 1914 had been determined to keep the United States out of the great conflict convulsing Europe, asks Congress to declare war on Germany.
On the day she arrives in Washington to take her seat in the House of Representatives, Jeannette Rankin receives this message by telegram from Butte Local Number One, back home in Montana.
A crowd estimated at 200,000 jams the environs of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to cheer for loyalty and patriotism.