America in World War One and a naval tragedy

Adam IP Smith explores the US decision to go to war in April 1917, while Graham Scott describes the sinking of SS Mendi that same year, which led to the deaths of hundreds of South Africans


On the centenary of America’s entry into the First World War, historian Adam IP Smith explores the impact of this momentous decision on both the conflict and the history of the United States. Meanwhile, we speak to archaeologist Graham Scott about the SS Mendi disaster, which saw hundreds of South Africans drown off the coast of England in 1917