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posted Apr 29, 2012 23:35:06 by GabyPerdomo
Why did the United States choose to switch from their policy of isolationism, to direct involvement in World War II?
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tgstubna said May 04, 2012 11:45:00
The reasions for the United to shift from an isolationist state in the years pre world war 2 to direct involvement during and after world war 2 were because of the rise of fascist regimes that contracdicted the principles of the U.S., had been noticed the negative economic effect of the war, and also the spread of communism throughout europe was a threat as it was appealing in the new born governments in europe
After the close of world war 1, a suddden boost in the americaan economy could be noticed as goods not able to be obtained during the war were now available. Although the U.S. enjoyed prosperity and wealth during this period, europe was in ruins and economically hurt as a result of the high war costs. As an effect of Europe's weak economy, european allies of the U.S. during the war were unable to pay back the loans to the U.S. which caused a downturn in U.S.'s economy. this aroused as a result of the U.S.'s isolationist state after the war as the prosperity could only be seen within the American nation and no where else in Europe where they carried the burden of lifting themselves up morally but also being able to pay back. Matters worsened through the smoothe tariff imposed on exports by the U.S. This added to the weakening and sick economies as it kept from revenue being able to be generated for european countries who later would not be able to pay back the U.S. for their loans. the imposing of this tariff was also foolish as it was not only a high tax but also was imposed during the downturn of the U.S.'s economy during the Great Depression.
As a result of poor economies and also national pride, this marked the pathway for the growing totalitarian regimes, The U.s.'s fail to assist war-torn countires fueled bad economies and resentment and as a result made it easy for these strong, patritic political parties to appeal to the masses. In Germany, the country carried the burden of not only their destroyed country but also paying reparations to the destroyed enemies' counries which made the rise of the Nazi Party easy as it appealed to the majority of the working class by offering a tempting new prosperous economy and also presenting a large sense of national pride which would later be the key ingredient that fueled the start of world war 2 along with resentment and the need for a strong, stable, and prosperous economy.


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rigolphslion29@gmail.com said May 04, 2012 11:48:51
The reasons for the United to shift from an isolationist state in the years pre world war 2 to direct involvement during and after world war 2 were because of the rise of fascist regimes that contracdicted the principles of the U.S., had been noticed the negative economic effect of the war, and also the spread of communism throughout europe was a threat as it was appealing in the new born governments in europe
After the close of world war 1, a suddden boost in the americaan economy could be noticed as goods not able to be obtained during the war were now available. Although the U.S. enjoyed prosperity and wealth during this period, europe was in ruins and economically hurt as a result of the high war costs. As an effect of Europe's weak economy, european allies of the U.S. during the war were unable to pay back the loans to the U.S. which caused a downturn in U.S.'s economy. this aroused as a result of the U.S.'s isolationist state after the war as the prosperity could only be seen within the American nation and no where else in Europe where they carried the burden of lifting themselves up morally but also being able to pay back. Matters worsened through the smoothe tariff imposed on exports by the U.S. This added to the weakening and sick economies as it kept from revenue being able to be generated for european countries who later would not be able to pay back the U.S. for their loans. the imposing of this tariff was also foolish as it was not only a high tax but also was imposed during the downturn of the U.S.'s economy during the Great Depression.
As a result of poor economies and also national pride, this marked the pathway for the growing totalitarian regimes, The U.s.'s fail to assist war-torn countires fueled bad economies and resentment and as a result made it easy for these strong, patritic political parties to appeal to the masses. In Germany, the country carried the burden of not only their destroyed country but also paying reparations to the destroyed enemies' counries which made the rise of the Nazi Party easy as it appealed to the majority of the working class by offering a tempting new prosperous economy and also presenting a large sense of national pride which would later be the key ingredient that fueled the start of world war 2 along with resentment and the need for a strong, stable, and prosperous economy.
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lja411@gmail.com said May 04, 2012 17:53:52
The causes for the newly adopted isolatinoist policies that governed the U.S. foreign policy were the growing economic boom and consumerism faced in the American public, as well as the growing feeling of threat of fascism and unfriendly relations in the foreign atmostphere.

With the close of WWI, the united states went through an economic boom, contrasting the the economic situations of the the rest of Europe. There was a massive growth of consumerism in the public, as introduced by the use of mass production. With this new focus on the national economy and desire for domestic goods in the public, the U.S. found itself in an era called the roaring twenties. This large expansion of American consumerism and production was influencing on the regime of isolationism because it allowed America to have a great deal of wealth. This wealth gave America an advantage over the other European nations, allowing aid to other nations (specifically Germany) through the Dawes Plan, but in affect increasing the sense of American pride and patriotism. This feeling of individuality brough the United States to become a world power. This feeling of individuality marked the U.S. separate from the European nations, largely contributing to the newly adopted policy of isolationism.

Another cause for the newly adopted policy of isolationism after WWI was the fear of aggressive policies, such as fascism, adopted in European nations. With the close of WWI, the United States declared that they entered the war to make it "A War to End All Wars." This philosophy displays American plans to not enter another war, and liike in Washington's Farewell Address in 1781, to not get involved with policies in Europe, as seen by their rejected of the entering into the League of Nations. This feeling of fear and separation from Europe is seen by the first Red Scare, in which the American public had fear of the growing policy of fascism in European nations. Because the United States was very careful to avoid these philosophies, US grew more and more isolated so as to avoid the influence of European nations and mark themselves as separate.
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mousem12@gmail.com said May 06, 2012 05:15:21
The causes of the US change from isolationism to direct involvement in the war is because of the threat of rising communism throughout Europe. The continuous communist rise in power greatly effected the war and the US had to step in order to keep the communist countries from taking control of Europe and the rest of the world.

At the outbreak of the war, the United States established the Neutrality Act of 1935 in order to stay out of the world that broke out in Europe. They did not wish to repeat the same decision they did during World War I. Therefore, they decided to isolate themselves and work on their economy on the inside. In 1939, FDR helped established the Neutrality Act of 1939 that allowed the US to trade with France and Britain, ultimately creating the lend-lease system. As this peaceful settlement occur the communist countries rose into power at great speed. They threatened all of Europe with their superior power over the weaker countries who are still in debt from World War I. With the weak countries as vulnerable as ever, Communist leaders slowly took over those defenseless countries and began their spread of communism. The US following a capitalist government strongly opposes communist views. The tension between Communists leaders and the US begins. To further press the US, the Germans asked that Mexico went to war with the US using the Zimmerman Note. This was cancelled out with the US' "good neighbor policy". The last strung was broken when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and America finally declared war and ended their isolationist stance.








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ChrisFreeman said May 08, 2012 07:49:58
The United State's approach on foreign affairs shifts from isolationism to direct involvement due to the social threats of communism, the pressure from other countries to take involvement, and the U.S.'s great want to spread democracy and stop communism.

In the beginning of the war, FDR immediately takes action to establish the Neutrality Act in 1939 order to keep us out of conflicts, and instead he wants us to focus on our economy and any local affairs. It allowed us to trade with France and Britain still, but it kept us away from "taking sides". Communism spread like a wildfire over the brushes, soon engulfing all the small states it sounded pleasing to. Tensions heated up between US leaders and Soviet Leaders. Things began to get worse and trust issues arose after the Zimmerman note had came to effect, which was asking Mexico to go to war on the US and it was from Germany. The final and most painstaking blow to the US's pride was the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which led us to move from isolationism, to direct conflict in a heartbeat
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