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At the end of World War Two America realized that "…the role of an active world power could no longer be avoided" Explain whether you agree or disagree with the opinion that World War Two caused America to reluctantly abandon the policy of Isolationi

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At the end of World War Two America realized that "...the role of an active world power could no longer be avoided." Explain whether you agree or disagree with the opinion that World War Two caused America to reluctantly abandon the policy of Isolationism. I have mixed feelings about whether World War Two spelt the end of US Isolationism. I believe that to some extent this time was the least Isolationist the US had ever been, however, in my opinion American interests always focused worldwide despite some president's isolationist foreign policies. Churchill wanted the United States involved in the war, openly seeking a fighting incident that would bring the neutral nation into the conflict. On August 4, 1941, Churchill and Roosevelt met for the first time, after corresponding for two years. The Atlantic Charter was one result of their meeting; another was the beginning of a deep personal friendship. They shared several common characteristics: both came from elite backgrounds, both were patricians, and both saw their roles as "democratic noblemen." Churchill returned to England and told his War Cabinet that Roosevelt would wage war but would not declare it. The incident Churchill needed occurred on September 4, 1941, when the USS Greer, on a mail run to Iceland, was involved in a fighting incident with a German U-boat. ...read more.

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It would have been ignorant for any president to ignore world matters as if there was an opportunity for intervention then the US may have been able to capitalize on a situation and gain extra lands. After all, raw materials in the US could not last for ever. In my opinion Truman had no intention of remaining Isolationist for the World War, despite his election pledge of "US Isolationism." Throughout the war he supplied Britain with loans and fighting equipment as well s increasing the US armies and Navies and supporting the Entente's blockade of Germany. World War Two was a major point of change for the US. From now on they saw it their duty to intervene in world matters (world policeman) because they were the worlds most influential power, and after all could benefit with the gaining of land and resources from certain countries. Take for example the recent war in Iraq, a country where the US is now gaining valuable amounts of oil from. Although the US' role as a "world policeman" is supposedly world based, in my opinion this is not the case. Take for example events after world war two. ...read more.

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Roosevelt realizes that the Neutrality Act imposes restrictions on possible US actions; amendments will be adopted to diminish the legislation's scope. Supplying nations at war will be authorized on the "cash and carry" principle. President declares area around British Isles a combat zone in November 1939, and loans of military material will be possible on a land-lease agreement. Summary of Neutrality Act of 1939; This act repeals the arms embargo and substitutes a policy of "cash and carry"; prohibits United States vessels and citizens from entering combat zones; establishes the National Munitions Control composed of the Secretaries of States, Treasury, War, Navy, and Commerce. 4. What impact did Hitler's successful Blitzkrieg have on American attitudes? The speed with which the German army overran Western Europe shocked the American public. By June 1940, the Nazis were in control of Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium and France. Through the summer and autumn the Battle of Britain was fought with Britain and its empire standing alone against the Nazi threat. The broadcasts of journalist Ed Murrow from London during the Blitz did much to communicate to Americans the intensity of the struggle taking places, and this led to cries from the US public for American intervention in the war. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Royall. ...read more.

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