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Unit_10: World War 1 & American Foreign Policy

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The Big Picture:

The need for oversees markets and raw materials led the United States to take a more active role in world affairs. The U.S. emerged as an imperial power after annexing Hawaii and winning the Spanish-American War. However, Americans remained committed to neutrality when it came to European affairs, especially the outbreak of the “Great War” in 1914. Despite attempts to stay neutral, the U.S. was drawn into World War I in 1917. While the U.S. played only a minor role on the battlefront, the war helped transform America at home. After the war in 1919, the United States played an important role in shaping world affairs at the Treaty of Versailles and helping create the League of Nations. However, resistance at home kept the USA from joining the League and ensuring the peace of the world in the future.