United States Foreign Policy Between World War I and World War II Directions: using the materials available to you from the lesson, summarize the different ways the United States sought to address various foreign policy challenges during the 1920s and 1930s. Main Idea
Identify and summarize three (3) ways the United States sought to promote international cooperation to prevent future wars. At first the major players in this effort were American peace societies, many of which were part of larger international movements. Their agenda called for large-scale disarmament and an international treaty to abolish war. Their efforts bore fruit as 1922 saw the signing of a major agreement among the great powers to reduce their numbers of battleships. Six years later most of the world's nations signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact in which the signatories pledged never again to go to war with one another. Isolation
Identify and summarize three (3) ways the United States sought to “isolate” itself from the aggressive actions of the future Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan). When in 1939 war did break out between Germany on the one hand, and Britain and France on the other President Franklin D. Roosevelt dutifully invoked the Neutrality Acts. However, he believed that this was a fundamentally different war from World War I. Germany, he believed and most Americans agreed with him was in this case a clear aggressor. Roosevelt therefore sought to provide assistance for the Allies, while still keeping the United States out of the war. He began by asking Congress to amend the neutrality laws to allow arms sales to the Allies. Later on, after German forces overran France, the president asked Congress for a massive program of direct military aid to Great Britain an initiative that Roosevelt dubbed Lend-Lease." In both cases the legislature agreed to FDR's proposals, but only after intense debate. Engagement
Identify and summarize three (3) ways the United...
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