Chapter 29 Analysis Questions
Wilson ran in 1912 under a platform known as the "New Freedom," in which he pledged to reintroduce real competition to the marketplace by destroying monopolistic economic trusts. In practice, however, his actions quickly came to resemble the "regulated monopoly" of Republican candidate Theodore Roosevelt, and few trusts were dissolved during his tenure. 2)
Both presidents were speakers who could motivate a crowd; everybody listened when Theodore or Woodrow spoke. They were different because T.R. was an advocate of war and liked everything about it. He supported war and even led his own cavalry, the “Rough Riders”, in the Spanish-American War. Woodrow wouldn’t do anything to stay out of war. German subs sank an American ship and the U.S. didn’t enter the war because Wilson wanted to “keep the peace”. 3)
In terms of practical reality, I'm not sure Wilson was any less aggressive in Central America than Roosevelt was. It was per his orders that the U.S. Marines invaded Nicaragua in 1916, and the closest Roosevelt ever came to anything like that was when he helped Panamanian rebels overthrow Columbia's control of Panama. As for WWI, Wilson's propaganda was just that, and drivel. There was no way that the imperialist politicians of Europe were going to stop warring with each other after WWI, and even Great Britain was not a true democracy in that time 4)
The United States goal was to remain neutral but doing that was next to impossible. The US was biased in favor of the allies, we even held and provided weapons for them. The congress and the Democrats were discouraging war; it was against our isolationist foreign policies to get involved. It soon became almost impossible for the US to remain neutral when the Germans began using submarines, giving them an unfair advantage. Also with all the propaganda about going to war and wanting war the government soon conceded and declared war. They couldn't remain neutral. 6) This is a valid...
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