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During World War II, were the goals of the United States overseas consistent or inconsistent with its goals on the home front?

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If we are discussing goals rather than what actually occurred in the messiness of reality, yes, the goals of the United States overseas were consistent with its goals on the home front at that time.

Overseas, the goal of the United States was to stop the spread of dangerous totalitarian regimes in Europe and Asia. These regimes threatened democratic and humane values, replacing them with—and attempting to spread—tyranny, racism, genocide, and terror. Although the United States had traditionally followed the path of isolationism, the threat became dire enough for us to become heavily involved militarily in these conflicts over how the world should be organized.

At the same time, the domestic goals of the Roosevelt administration were to spread democracy and the humane values of economic security, opportunity, and freedom throughout American society. Clearly this did not happen to the extent one might have wished, as racism was shamefully flagrant and prevented minority groups from...

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