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America, An Ever Changing World Superpower

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America, an Ever-Changing World Superpower
America has been viewed in a wide variety of ways on the global stage. From the Progressive Era to containment, the view of the United States as a world power has changed dramatically. The country went through a large process of adopting an isolationist policy during the Progressive Era. This isolationist view was also present pre and post-World War I. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, America took a bold stance and using its industrial power pushed itself to the top of the world superpowers with its peak being the first country to develop a nuclear bomb. The United States went from being a country focused primarily on the home front to a country that would take the spotlight at the top of the
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Immediately after the end of World War I Woodrow Wilson took an aggressive stance on foreign policy and thus he met with the leaders of the allied powers and wrote the Treaty of Versailles. Wilson discovered that there were “conflicting claims” which ultimately led to the United States refusing to ratify the treaty. This failure in Wilson’s foreign policy allowed for the country to focus on the home front where problems like the Red Scare were quickly becoming a problem.
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