Today in History–May 7–the Library of Congress features the British ocean liner Lusitania, sunk by a German submarine on this day in 1915. Public outrage at the sinking of the civilian ship—though it was also carrying ammunition manufactured in the U.S.—was tremendous and helped to hasten U.S. entry into World War I. Learn more about this tragic day in world history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.
Topics in Chronicling America – Sinking of the Lusitania (select newspaper articles)
“Murder on the High Seas” by Theodore Roosevelt May 11, 1915
When the Lusitania Went Down (sheet music)
The Nation in Arms speech by Franklin K. Lane
The Sinking of the Lusitania In Custodia Legis blog May 29, 2015
The Lusitania Disaster (background information)
World War I themed link set (teaching resources, primary sources & more)