Isolationism continued expanding itself economically by protecting its interests

Isolationism is “a policy of remaining apart from the affairs or interests of other groups, especially the political affairs of other countries.” In the 1930s, America was pushed towards isolationism by both the great depression and the losses that it suffered in World War I. The people who were pushing for America to be isolated were called Isolationists, these Isolationists believed that we should stay out of Asian and European conflicts and be uninvolved with international politics. Even though the United States mostly stayed out of these things, it continued expanding itself economically by protecting its interests in Latin America. The people who led the Isolationists movement used George Washington’s farewell address to advocate their cause. In this address he clearly states “‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.” The large distance of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans made it possible for the United States to mainly stay out of the rest of the worlds affairs and live fairly peacefully for most of the 19th century. While President Woodrow Wilson was in office, he asked America to look past its economical concerns and to set foreign policies with other nations. Shortly after that is when the United States became more involved in foreign affairs. After World War I, a Republican Senator from South Dakota named Gerald P. Nye made a report that claimed American Bankers and weapons manufacturers wanted the United States to be involved in foreign affairs so they could make more money.  After this report was made public, a lot of Americans decided they did not want to be tricked by bankers and arms makers. This caused more Americans to be pro-isolationism than ever before. At the time, there was a worldwide economic slump, that and the need for more attention to domestic affairs within the United States caused even more people to believe in the idea that America should stay out of foreign affairs. Isolationists came from many backgrounds, there were both progressives and conservatives that held the belief of isolationism. There were both established businessmen, and peace-loving hippies that supported isolationism. Its biggest effect on America was fewer wars and violence. Because America was already pretty distant from the other nations geographically, the fact that it was politically uninvolved made it even less entangled in violence either on their homeland or on foreign soil. America is currently very involved with other countries both economically and politically. This has caused more American deaths and made more countries our enemies. Our current President Donald Trump has tried to bring back the idea of Isolationism by becoming more economically independent rather than borrowing more money from China and other nations.