Monday, March 9, 2009

Jumping In

Woodrow Wilson intended for the United States to stay out of the First World War but nothing everything went as planned. His promotion of neutrality soon started to take a different path. Propaganda started being produced to convince citizens that getting involved in the war was necessary because it was a way of protecting the safety and security of the U.S. Germany started playing a little dirty, which just makes it hard to resist the temptation to get involved in the war. No one wants to be stomped on because a country is trying to overpower the world.
Journalism played a huge role in the early part of the 20th century but then again the media still has a way with words these days. It seems that journalists are considered to be authorities are various matters that can sometimes be out of their expertise. For instance, during the early 20th century, there were muckrakers and yellow-journalists. Words are powerful tools and can easily persuade the opinions of people.
Working conditions were far from perfect. It just seems like the U.S. had a hard time getting the workplace to be a friendly environment. Racism and sexism stood in the way of developing working places fore everyone. Young men would serve as soldiers but once they returned to the homeland, it was assumed that their jobs would be handed right back to them. What did they expect everyone else to do? Meanwhile, African Americans did not get the same treatment! They were efforts to keep these men out of the military so IQ tests were used as justification. Without a doubt, that did not last long. It seems hard to imagine experiencing freedom abroad but then your own country limits your opportunities. Why did African American soldiers want to come back to the U.S.? Their lives seemed to be better abroad! What was intriguing about the United States throughout history?
The imperialistic approach the U.S. took during the early part of the 2oth century seemed to help define the United States today. We still find ourselves looking to be involved in the lives and experiences of our global neighbors. The coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific do not serve as our boundaries of power. U.S. imperialistic thoughts have continued to expand our coastline abroad.

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