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American Foreign Policy and Isolationism in the 30s and 40s

What was the American foreign policy in the 1930s, and what were the arguments in favour of isolationism? How and why did America's isolationist stance erode entering into the 1940s?
How did American foreign policy goals shape the American approach to the war?

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As such, the Second World War represents a turning point in American foreign affairs, and it is perhaps hard for us to understand why the US took so long to take effective action against the Axis Powers.

c. Lindbergh, C. (1941, Sept. 11). Des Moines speech. Retrieved from
d. United States Congress. (1936, Feb. 24). The Nye report. Retrieved from

The reason why America didn't engage in foreign affairs prior to WW2 was because it had not emerged as a world superpower prior to this occurrence. In the beginning of the 20th ...

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The expert examines American Foreign Policy and Isolationism in the 30s and 40s. How the America's isolationist stance erodes entering into the 1940s is provided.