U.S. foreign policy after the World Wars.

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         U.S. foreign policy has always been characterized by a commitment to free trade, protection of American interests, and a concern for human rights.  The United States foreign policy after World War I was isolationism and withdrawal from world affairs, in which they refused to join the League of Nations.  After World War II, there was full engagement with world affairs on a global scale.

        In the United States foreign policy post World War I, there was restricted immigration with the Emergency Quota Act and the Immigration Act.  These were intended as temporary legislation but these Acts proved in the long run the most important turning-point in American immigration policy.  The United States entered a period of isolationism with the passage of the various Neutrality Acts of the 1930’s.  These were passed in response to the growing problems in Europe and Asia that eventually led to World War II.  The US was sought to limit future warfare by the Kellogg-Briand Pact that outlawed war as a means of problem solving.  The United States sought to find communists and other agitators through the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act.

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        In the United States foreign policy post World War II, the US was heavily involved in foreign affairs through the policy of Containment hopes of stopping the spread of Communism.  The Truman Doctrine stated that the US would support Greece and Turkey with economic military aid.  The Marshall Plan was used to aid Europe where the United States would give monetary support to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II in order to prevent the spread of Soviet communism.  There were also Truman’s Point Four Program and The Berlin Airlift that were in the US foreign ...

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This is a well structured and clearly written response, with excellent knowledge of the relevant pieces of US legislation. More dates could have been included however, and not all points were explained or linked to the question. Reasoning could have been taken further in the conclusion. 4 out of 5 stars.