In the beginning of both World War I and World War II, the United States declared its neutrality. In World War I, Woodrow Wilson was an avid supporter of keeping the nation out of the war. Our textbook notes that when Wilson ran for re-election, his slogan was “he kept us out of war” . The United States also asserted what it called neural rights. These rights included the freedom to trade and travel with whoever the country wanted, no matter what side the other countries were fighting for. Because of the United States’ insistence to travel with warring countries, the nation was brought into the war through a tragedy.
The final event that caused the United States to enter World War I was the sinking of the British luxury liner Lusitania by a German submarine in 1915. The United States was playing with fire when they asserted that they should be able to travel and trade with countries who were at war. Government officials should have known that the Axis powers would have intentionally or unintentionally struck down one of the British ships that had Americans on it. The sinking of the Lusitania wasn’t the only reason that United States entered the war, even though it did cause many more ...
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...Lease Act is yet another example of the policy of bending rules to help Great Britain.
It is important to have allies with other countries, especially when war hits. A major reason that the United States can’t stay neutral is because it needs to maintain its economic and political alliances. On the economic end, trade partners are vital to a producing consumer nation. After all, you need someone to buy what you are creating and someone to give you goods that you can’t produce yourself. On the political side of the matter, a country needs friends to help them out when war breaks out. If a country doesn’t help its allies when those countries are at war, then their allies won’t help them out if they are involved in a war. This might not be in the top of the list when a country decides the pros and cons of entering a war, but it is something that needs to be considered.
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