Discussion Board Essay

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DB # 5 Explain how profits, piety, and politics affected American foreign policy in the late 19th century.
Profits affected American foreign policy because the US was producing more that it could possibly consume at the time, they needed a market for their exports. In order to secure their share of the global market and make a good profit along with access to sugar, coffee, fruits, oil, rubber and minerals, the government built a stronger navy, acquired more coaling stations and colonies and invested heavily in foreign markets.
As for the piety, a strong sense of duty and the missionary ideal of doing good for others motivated expansionism. And for politics, the public outcry for support of things like the Cuban rebels against Spain,
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had in maintaining such a policy prior to its entry into the war in 1917. What do you think the outcome of the Great War would have been if the U.S. did not get involved?

The United States government announced a policy of neutrality at the outbreak of the war in Europe because it did not want to risk what was at stake by entering the war. It was also believed that the fighting would be contained in Europe and would have no threat of violence for Americans. Since the imports and exports were so important for Americans they did not want to enter the war and complicate the trade. It was not until the threat to sink all ships did the United States government feel as though they needed to enter the war. It was very important for the United States to get involved to stop Germany from taking over Europe and creating a major threat for Americans. The involvement of the United States in the war was very important for the allied forces that were fighting Germany. If the United States did not get involved than Germany could very well have taken over Europe and then attempted to take over the United States and eventually taking over the world. It is important to help support our allies in a time of need to prevent a war being brought to Americans on United States soil.

DB # 9 Chapter 22: Why do you feel the New
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