How Isolationism Is A Part Of American Policy

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Isolationism was a part of American policy beginning when George Washington made his Farewell Address in 1796 and lasting to the end of World War II. Factors like thousands of miles of sea between the US and Europe, fear of entangling alliances and a desire to remain autonomous contributed to the overall isolationist sentiment of many Americans. In addition, nativist sentiment has been present throughout American history as a product of isolationism and, among other factors, wage depression and fear of criminal behavior. During World War I, European countries were not only fighting with each other, but many new revolutionary ideas were sweeping the eastern portion of the continent. In 1917, Vladimir Lenin orchestrated the Bolshevik Revolution and founded a new government based on the principles of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. For many Americans, this was terrifying because communism is an expansionist ideology and not only was it spreading to Eastern European countries, but it had the potential to take root in America through Eastern European immigrants. As a result, the Red Scare swept through America due to communism being seen as a threat to democracy, causing a massive spike in nativist sentiment during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Isolationist sentiment did not apply to international trade in the 1900’s and America was becoming an increasingly powerful international economic power. Before World War I, foreign investors invested nearly three hundred billion dollars more…
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