Prior to the outbreak of the war Franklin Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Acts, which “prohibited loans and any other financial assistance to belligerents (whatever the cause of war) and imposed an arms embargo on all parties (regardless of who the victim was). Purchases of nonmilitary goods for cash were allowed only if they were transported in non-American ships” (Kissinger 378). In fact, Roosevelt felt that he should instead focus his time and energy at the depression. On the other hand, Franklin Roosevelt was always pro-democracy and had a history of rejecting these aggressive countries (mostly the dictatorships). As the war developed and the desperation of the Allies increased, Roosevelt realized the need to support the allies (the non-aggressive democracies that he was ideally tied to) or face a group of unreceptive countries in the postwar world.
He made that clear by creating a plan called the 14-point plan. Because he has no say for any of the other countries to begin war, he just wanted to try and keep the United States of America neutral. Even when demands were given to Wilson, to join the war he would try his hardest to keep the army calm and unprepared. And it stayed this way for two years. President Woodrow Wilson had beliefs, and one of his beliefs was that if Germany was able to win the WWI, that would be an appalling event to happen, not only for the United States of America, but for the entire countries on Earth.
Great Britain controlled a big portion of the sea during this time and was the first to set up a blockade between the United States and Germany. The United States protested but Britain continued to force American ships to be searched for food, medical supplies, and steel before reaching Germany. Although the United States was against the blockade, it had very little impact on the U.S. economy. With Great Britain going to war, the United States produced enough war-related exports to pull them out of its prewar recession. Although Wilson claimed neutrality, he held sympathetic feelings toward Great Britain.
Extreme isolationist sentiment shaped and hindered Franklin Roosevelt's foreign policy in the late 1930s. The Neutrality Acts of the 1930s were designed to maintain neutrality by first eliminating the causes of World War I. As the War ripped through Europe, the American isolationists slowly began to view intervention as a necessary evil. The majority of Americans of all ages, genders, and incomes in the years following World War I were staunch advocates of American isolationism. This attitude originated from America's fortunate geographical location, which allowed the country to grow in an environment detached from all European threat and controversy.
With the many immigrants that now lived in the United States, it was impossible not to have some animosity and disagreement among the group as to who started the war. As a result of all this turmoil and disagreement, President Woodrow Wilson felt it wise to stay out of the war. President Wilson proclaimed the United States neutral. Wilson set forth the policy of preventing American businesses from loaning funds to any of the nations at war. This ban was lifted by Wilson in 1915 for fear that the U.S. would enter into a major recession if the Allies stopped buying American goods when they ran out of funds.
Germany promised to stop the attacks, but later broke their promise leading to the U.S. entering the war. As stated before Roosevelt also supported neutrality. His actions before the war (WWII) were more drastic then Wilson’s. He put trade embargo’s on Japan fearing their increasing aggressiveness toward other nations and their possible threat to the United States and stationed the U.S. fleet at Hawaii (Doc 7). Roosevelt believed the best way to help European nations was to act as a beacon of liberty and restr... ... middle of paper ... ...work with other nations to keep the peace.
For the first time in history, America lost a war to a foreign country. One of the main problems with America is that it interferes with other nations and butts into their situations. Why does America jump into things that do not concern it? Well some people argue it is to protect the world from communism or some other form of tyranny. Unfortunately sometimes it is best to stay on our own turf.
In doing this, they broke their policy of non intervention. The United States held out of the Great War for so long because of economic reasons, their policy of neutrality, and to avoid the morbid trench warfare (America). However, the United Stated eventually entered the war because of Germany sinking several U.S. passenger ships, and the publication of the Zimmerman telegram (World War I). To begin, America decided to hold out of the Great War for so long because of economic reasons. At this time, America was still growing as a country and expanding its culture in order to become a world power.
These actions blocked American citizens from enriching and expanding the young nation. In Washington’s farewell address, he tried to persuade future presidents to keep the United States in isolationism, defined as “ a policy of avoiding political or military agreements with other countries” (Hart 163). President Madison was justified in shifting American foreign policy from isolationism to intervention because he was helping his nation become a wealthy and respected country, rid itself of its problems, and make its national pride soar. Although we should always aim for peace, in this case, war was the best choice. In Jefferson’s, Adams’s, and Madison’s presidencies, they all attempted diplomatic solutions and failed every time.
The feud between Siberia and Austria-Hungary would change the way foreign countries settled disputes forever. World War I was inevitable because neither Austria-Hungary nor Siberia was willing to come to a mutual agreement regarding the resolution of their disagreement in a peaceful way. The dispute between Serbia and Austria-Hungary went beyond a government level because the assassination of Francis Ferdinand was pe... ... middle of paper ... ...ns of livelihood.” The war was ruining the economy around the world because supplies were being depleted and commerce could not be conducted properly. The only way that the world could survive was to end the war. The Treaty of Versailles, 1919 was signed into law, which ended the war with Germany.