President Woodrow Wilson And The Progressive Era Essay

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By 1914, the Progressive Era had instilled a healthy dose of positive liberty into American domestic policy, resulting in many important educational, labor, and economic reforms that continue to affect American legislature today. But following WWI, President Woodrow Wilson took the concept of positive liberty to an even more influential level by proposing a new approach to foreign policy that essentially advocated for internationalism. In doing so, he was challenging the American tradition of isolationism that had more or less stood unchanged since the presidency of George Washington himself. Because of its perceived radicalism, Wilson’s proposed policy was initially rejected by Congress. But in the years that followed, WWII and the publication of The Atlantic Charter irrevocably cemented into American foreign policy the positive liberty ideology that Wilson had promoted. This ideology has continued to be the foundation of foreign policy decisions in the United States well into the twenty-first century. In 1796 when President George Washington gave his Farewell Address, he asked Americans why they should entangle their peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition. From that time on, the United States government did its best to adhere to a foreign policy of isolationism—and for a time, it found great success in this approach. According to City Upon a Hill, “the vast Atlantic Ocean made it possible for the U.S. to be isolated from foreign politics while still…

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