World War 1
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Why did the American government want to the protect the rights of neutral nations to use the seas during war?



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The American government wanted to be able to import and export goods to and from neutral nations, thereby allowing the country to stay afloat economically and continue the war with the goods needed. This wouldn't really be possible if neutral ships carrying goods were gunned down on their way to the US.