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Why did America adopt a policy of isolationism after the First World War?

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Richard Tandy Why did America adopt a policy of isolationism after the First World War? America joined the First World War in 1917 after a time of not fighting, but supplying goods and ammunition to the western Allies. However, after the First World War, America adopted a policy of isolationism whereas they did not want have any involvement with the problems of foreign countries such as fighting in wars. There were three main ways that America became isolationist. Firstly, America became isolationist in immigration issues. Leaders in America were concerned about the mass immigration of people into America and providing cheap labour and also feared that they may bring political ideas with them such as that they were feared of the ideas of communism. ...read more.

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Not only did America combat the immigration of people from foreign countries but they also became isolationist in trade by limiting the number of foreign goods coming into the country. They did this as they wanted America to become self sufficient and people were afraid that people would lose jobs if not enough American goods were being purchased. So in 1922 the Forney McCumber Tariff Act was introduced which put a high tariff or tax onto foreign goods coming into and being sold in the country in a bid to overprice the goods and make Americans buy the American goods. However, as a consequence, foreign countries did the same and put a high tariff on American goods being sold in their countries. ...read more.

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The most significant of these steps would be in becoming isolationist in foreign affairs, as this was a bold and selfish step to take in such as volatile time. America gained from this policy as they protected themselves in not sending people to foreign countries to deal with problems, protecting jobs with limiting immigration, which provided cheap labour and further protecting American industry and jobs from cheap foreign goods with the introduction of the Forney McCumber Tariff Act. However, these were very selfish steps to take and in some cases they did not benefit such as that with the introduction of the Forney McCumber Tariff Act and the tariff on foreign goods, other countries put high tariffs on American goods coming into their countries and so American exports consequentially suffered. ...read more.

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