Explain how isolationism dominated US policy in the mid-1930s.



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During the 1930s, the United States wanted very much to avoid war.  It felt that it had been dragged into World War I and did not want such a thing to happen again.  Therefore, there was great support for isolationist policies and these policies came to dominate US policy.

This can be seen most clearly in the Neutrality Acts that were passed in this decade.  These acts set out a number of restrictions on US interactions with countries that were at war with one another.  Neutrality Acts (each more strict than the one before) were passed in 1935, 1936, and 1937.  The passage of these sorts of acts, and the retreat from efforts at things like arms control that had dominated policy in the 1920s, showed that isolationism was the dominant force in US policy in the 1930s.


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