American Involvement In Ww2

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From the time of the Spanish American war until the present, the United States went from relative isolation to increased global involvement because of opportunities for economic growth, national security interests around the world, and an increasing belief that America was needed to create a better world. The consequences on American society of that greater involvement were a greater demand for social equality for minorities, a growing sense of nativism before World War Two, the growing influence of communism, and the creation of the new social movements. America’s greater involvement in the world began with the need for greater economic growth. This need started with the ending of Manifest Dynasty. At the end of the 1800’s America was at …show more content…
In the lead up to World War I German U-boat attacks on US merchant ships that were taking goods to Europe created the reason for American involvement in the war. “But armed neutrality, it now appears, is impracticable. Because submarines are in effect outlaws when used as the German submarines have been used against merchant shipping.” Involvement in World War I was caused directly by the attacks on the US’s economic interests by the German Empire. Then in World War II the economy played a more indirect role into America’s entrance in the war. This was due to the state of the world’s economies from the Great Depression, and the failure of the loan systems that were created during the inter-war period. “Payment towards the total reparation due from Germany for the damage resulting from the war” It was the payments from the First World War that helped to lead to the Great Depression that allowed radical leaders to take over in Japan, Germany, and Italy. Which eventually lead to American involvement in the war. It was in part due to economic reasons that the United States got involved in both of the World …show more content…
The key to our increased involvement due to national security was the policy of containment, which was designed to stop the spread of communism by confront at places where Soviet influence was growing to the point where the country may fall to communism. This policy of containment was first popularized by Kennan who stated “it is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies.” It was due to this policy of “containment” that the United States fought, in both Korea, and Vietnam to prevent the further spread of communism. It was the national security threat of communism and the United States response of containment that lead to America’s greater involvement in the

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