US Makes Its Presence In The World

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9/29/11

IAH 201

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US Makes Its Presence In The World

From the time of the Spanish American War, until the current conflict in the Middle East, the United States went from relative isolation to increased global involvement because of international idealism, and the entrance into World War 1, World War II, and Vietnam. The consequences of this increased global involvement on American society was the new idea of positions in society for African Americans, and the counter culture movement that began in the sixties and has evolved until recent times
During the Spanish American war, American policy makers became obligated to think about more global involvement because of new technological advancements. Rosenberg explains
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The new global involvement of the United States was very obvious in the field of war. Breaking out in the summer of 1914, WWI was known to be one of the bloodiest wars in history. Isolationism was still the main focus of the newly elected president, Woodrow Wilson, who was elected to his second term with the quite catchy slogan, “He kept us out of War.”8 With the U.S. interception of the “Zimmerman telegram”, a German letter sent to Mexico, offering the United States territory if Mexico joined forces with the Germans. After this interception, Wilson, and the rest of the United States were positive that isolation was not the answer, and that going to the war was definitely necessary. Also, according to the Roosevelt Corollary, the US was supposed to restore peace and protect the country after a serious threat from an outsider. The supporters of Wilson, and Wilson himself, left behind the ideas of isolationism and knew it was time for the United States to play a major role in the conflicts around the country as a force to be reckoned with. In 1918, WWI ended, and the United States had just entered in 1917. Our country seemed very globally militaristic after just forgetting out ideas about isolationism, but Wilsons “14 Point Plan” made us seem extremely diplomatic. Wilson urged the statement, “A democratic world would be a world without war.”9 Dealing with the world diplomatically was what came from

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