World War I Was Considered By Many

1000 Words Dec 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Cheyenne Daege
IB History of the Americas

World War I was considered by many, in its beginning, to be a conflict the United States should not involve itself in. So soon after World War II, in which few democratic states were formed, and more dictatorships established, few within the states were willing to send men overseas into another European war. This feeling was stated by Charles Lindbergh, who stated, “Over a hundred million people in this nation are opposed to entering the war. If the principles of democracy mean anything at all, that is reason enough for us to stay out. If we are forced into a war against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of our people, we will have proved democracy such a failure at home that there will be little use fighting for it abroad.” The war, however, proved a danger to the United States, as well; it was not, as many believed, a strictly European problem. Due to the nature of the Nazi, Japanese, and Italian plans to expand their empires across the world, the United States was justified in involvement, regardless of the implications of involvement against the concept of democracy.

Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, many Americans believed that the war in Europe was strictly a European problem, one that would have little effect on the nation. This made the idea of an invasion directly into North America a lesser fear. However, an article in the New York Times on April 30th, 1941 titled “Let Us Face the Truth” pointed out the…

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