How Did World War 1 Change America

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America has changed a lot since compared to the beginning. The nation was first in total isolation and didn’t want anything to do with the rest of the countries. So the nation basically refused to enter into treaties, alliances, trade commitments or other international agreements with anyone. This meant that America wasn’t really a powerful nation at this time because it didn’t really have a good relationship with other countries and didn’t participate in war as an ally of any country, it was a neutral country. This wasn’t good for America, but as the 20th century went on America started getting more and more involved in international affairs, this caused America to make a major decision and switch from total isolationism to imperialism. This was a major switch for the nation and what caused the nation to switch were The Spanish American War, The Philippine-American War, and World War I. …show more content…
The reasons for war were many, but there were two immediate ones, they were, America supported the ongoing struggle by Cubans and Filipinos against Spanish rule, and then the mysterious explosion of the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor. Just 11 days after the war began, the Spanish Pacific fleet in Manila Bay was defeated by the U.S. Navy in a swift strike made by Commodore George Dewey. During the duration of the battle it earned a nickname which was “A Splendid Little War”, the nickname was given by Secretary of State John Hay. The war ended on August 12, 1898 and the United States won, they acquired Puerto Rico, Guam, and The Philippines. They also got Cuba but Cuba started self-governing themselves but the United States troops were still there for a long