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Who Opposed US Involvement In World War 1 And Why

Why were many in the U.S. opposed to entering WWI?

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World War I was not the clear-cut case of good versus evil that World War II presented. Many in the U.S. were of British heritage and admired British culture, but many also were German, and aligned with the clean, powerful, and well-run Germany they visited in the years before the war. From the start, it was not entirely easy for the U.S. to take sides.

Further, neutrality made sense to many citizens because of a long tradition, since George Washington's Farewell Address, of the United States staying out of European affairs. Washington had argued that since the U.S. was young and still weak, it needed to avoid being pulled into European nations' conflicts.

The United States was emerging as the predominant world power in the twentieth century. However, although it was flexing its muscle in the Western Hemisphere, many of its citizens still clung to the idea that what occurred in Europe was not their country's problem. Many resisted the idea of their young men fighting and dying in a war...

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