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ISS 2.5.08 - The U.S in World War I I The American...

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The U.S in World War I I. The American isolationist tradition a. Washington’s farewell address i. Isolationism ii. Do not participate in world affairs (that don’t involve you) b. Geography and the U.S. Non-Involvement in European affairs i. Oceans all around, no need to participate ii. No boundaries threatened c. Problem: scope of WWI i. Affected so many ethnicities, complicated opinions in America II. Woodrow Wilson and World War I a. Initial advice to American people b. Goals and objectives c. “hyphenated” Americans i. Didn’t like people talking about themselves as “German- Americans” or “Russian-Americans” ii. Should be considered only Americans, loyal to America d. Central Powers vs Allied Powers i. Central powers 1. Germany 2. Austria Hungary 3. Ottoman Empire 4. Bulgaria ii. Allied Powers 1. UK 2. France 3. United States 4. Serbia 5. Russia 6. Italy 7. Japan a. Not “Allied Powers” in WWII III. The problem of “War Guilt” a. Public opinions in U.S.
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