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The fact that the telegram before him bore Arthur Zimmermann’s name made its contents that much harder for Walter Hines Page to believe. Page was the American...
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Henry Cabot Lodge (1850–1924) was an isolationist Republican senator who led opposition to American membership in the League of Nations after World War I. Lodge entered the Senate in 1893, after six years serving in the House of Representatives. He supported US involvement in World War I, but at the end of the war, he opposed President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to create and commit to an international arbitration organization. Wilson had conceived of the League of Nations and pushed for its covenant to be included in the 1919 Treaty of...
Jeremi Suri, a historian at the University of Texas at Austin, argues that Americans have never been isolated from international politics and military conflicts, but rather have projected power on the world stage since before the Revolutionary War. Yet during the late 19th century, Suri notes, American involvement abroad grew profoundly deeper, broader, and more militaristic.
The two decades following the end of “The Great War” witnessed significant changes in American economic, social, and cultural life. The affluence and optimism of the 1920s were tempered by memories of the war and an underlying fear of being dragged into another costly and deadly European crisis. These concerns about national security were reflected in increasingly isolationist rhetoric and a rash of neutrality-focused legislation. As dark clouds of war returned in the 1930s, while some Americans called for an enlarged...