Chapter 29

Chapter 29: From Isolation To Global War

Research Topics

Isolationism

Overview

How did isolationist attitudes affect U.S. foreign policy in the 1930s?

As American struggled at home with the effects of the Great Depression, they watched much of the world move toward conflict and war. Rejecting a leadership role for their nation, the American people and their leaders became increasingly isolationist in their attitudes. The U.S. Congress passed a series of Neutrality Acts intended to keep the country of any wars. Some officials, however, such as President Roosevelt, came to the conclusion that isolationism would not ensure national security.

Sources

Choose from the following titles:

  1. Joint Resolution: Neutrality Act of August 31, 1935
  2. The Neutrality Act of 1937 (May 1, 1937)
  3. A More Forceful Response to Japan is Needed (1937), Joseph Grew
  4. Roosevelt's Quarantine Speech (1937)
  5. Cartoon showing U.S. policy entangled by isolationism
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