Isolationism During Ww2

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Many Americans thought that isolationism west the best choice for the country at the time. They believed that America should worry about its problems and stay out of foreign issues. Support for isolationism came from many things, disillusionment with the League of Nations and its inability to stop Japanese aggression, thinking they were tricked by big business into entering World War I, and many Americans didn’t want to be involved because of the devastation from World War I and the Great Depression. But, instead of it keeping America out of international issues it actually pushed us closer. Roosevelt felt that America should have a role in helping maintain world peace. He proposed a treaty to make the US a member of the World Court. William Randolph Hearst and Father Coughlin rallied isolationists and shot the treaty down in the senate. When Italy …show more content…
America showed its isolationist sentiment in 1936 when it join with Britain and France to stay out of the Civil war in Spain. A year later. Japan began to ramp up its assault on Manchuria and attacked China’s five northern provinces. Roosevelt tried to warn America about the dangers of Japan’s attack but it fell on deaf ears. Even after Japanese planes sank the Panay an American gunboat, America accepted Japan’s apologies and overlooked the attack. During this time Hitler began to move the German Army, he proclaimed a union with Austria and Germany and then turned his sights toward Czechoslovakia. As the Axis powers were getting stronger, the United States continued on its isolationist path. With America unfocused on what was important the Axis powers began to steadily take over Europe and Asia. While Roosevelt did get Congress to lift the arms embargo against nations involved in war America still tried to stay out of the war. Not until the bombing of Pearl Harbor did the American people realize that they were already involved in the

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