Isolationism In The 1920s Essay

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- Regression towards isolationism for US was adopted after war. - Isolationist attitude remained strongly prevalent throughout the 1920’s and into the 1930’s. - In 1920, the Republican Warren Harding was elected president. Firm proponent of isolationism. In 1921, Warren G. Harding stated that “we seek no part in directing the destinies of the world.” - This reflected the public’s attitude that America should keep to itself, rather than trying to play “world police” by intervening in conflicts around the world, particularly in the disputes between European nations. - The subsequent presidents, Coolidge (1923-1929) and Hoover (1929-1933) both agreed and continued with this policy of selective isolationism. - The three successive Republican…show more content…
Furthermore, the USA attended the Washington Disarmament Conference, and was a signatory to the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Act, which renounced war as a tool of foreign policy. - In President Harding’s victory speech, which was the first to be broadcast over radio, he called for a “return to normalcy,” emphasizing how America would stay out of the foreign wars that had brought so much havoc to the nation. - This was exactly what the people of America wanted to hear. American’s wanted to enjoy and maintain the economic boom that came about during the 1920’s, and they wanted to enjoy themselves with their newfound social freedoms that had arisen in the aftermath of the war. In the hedonistic heyday of the 1920’s, the average person was more concerned with having a good time for themselves, rather than worrying about distant international affairs. - With the development of numerous entertainment and leisure options, such as illegal speakeasies, movie theatres, as well as the loosening of social restrictions enabled through the availability of the automobile and the rise of “flapper” culture for women, people became much more “carefree,” seeking an escape from the grim, serious attitudes that had characterized the war
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