Global Involvement Essay

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America 's Global Involvement Here let us take a look at what our first president, George Washington: “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop”. The idea behind America, as the founding fathers had wanted it, was to be free of political alliance, for us to be connected to other countries to benefit from their goods by trading with them, and for us not to depend on foreign entities for anything essential. We have not been living up to the dream of America they had fought so hard for. How far has America gone …show more content…
The answer is that it is trying to take over all global affairs. The first time they had to get mixed up in foreign affairs was the quasi-war. This series of events had taken place right after the British had signed the Jay Treaty with America. The quasi-war, like the cold war, was not an official war (Hickman, America’s first conflict, The Quasi-War, militaryhistory.about.com). The Americans had used the reason of the French revolution to not pay back their debt to France; the old French monarchy had given America the money, which because that system was no longer in place the agreement they had with each other was no longer in effect and the loan was null and void. There were other reasons that the French had hostilities with America, one of those reasons was the Jay Treaty. “The resulting treaty addressed few U.S. interests, and ultimately granted Britain additional rights. The only concessions Jay obtained was a surrender of the northwestern posts (already agreed to in 1783) and a commercial treaty with Great Britain that granted the United States “most favored nation” status, but seriously restricted …show more content…
An example of this would be the World Wars. America did try to stay neutral, amidst the chaos swirling around it. During the First World War America announced neutrality to both powers in the war. America still had a trading agreement with Britain, so naturally they kept the trade going while the war was in motion (History.com, History.com, America Enters World War I). America had kept relations with Britain business, you need something from me I will supply it to you for a cost. America was doing a good job at keeping out of foreign affairs and keeping the citizens safe from catastrophes. That was until the Germans had mistakenly sank the William P. Frye, a private American ship (History.com, History.com, America Enters World War I). The first time the Germans had sank an American ship it was played off as an accident and was forgiven by Woodrow Wilson, acting president of The United States. The next incident that was the most famous that everyone had learned about was the sinking of the Lusitania, although a non-American vessel it did have American passengers on it. When the public heard about the incident there was an uproar for justice. Wilson then declared war on Germany on the justification of reckless endangerment of American people. When America had entered the war against Germany the war had taken a turn around the allied powers were starting to win against the German power.

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