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At the beginning of WWI and WWII The United States tried to remain neutral however they were unsuccessful both times During the period of 1912-1917 and the period of 1939-1941 The US proclaimed its neutrality policy but this did not stop the US from ever entering the war or favoring a side At the beginning of World War I President Wilson stated that all Americans should remain impartial in thought as well as deed This was the beginning of Americas neutrality policy But this was impossible more many reasons For one thing many Americans were not impartial German Americans and Irish Americans sympathized with the German cause while many more including Wilson sided with Britain Also economic realities made it impossible for the United States to stay totally neutral The British had imposed a naval blockade on Germany to prevent munitions and supplies from reaching the enemy The United States stopped trading with Germany and continued to trade with Great Britain This was not a neutral decision Tensions between the US and Germany began to grow In American eyes the Germans were using barbaric tactics like submarine warfare German submarines were sinking British ships with American passengers on them This greatly angered the United States In 1915 President Wilson endorsed an ambitious proposal by American military leaders for a large and rapid increase in the nations armed forces By 1916 armament for a possible conflict was well under way This increase in weapons was also not a neutral action by America After Wilson was reelected as President he proclaimed that the United States was committed to using the war as a vehicle for constructing a new world order one based on the same progressive ideals that had motivated reform in America Soon after this Germans began unrestricted submarine warfare against all of the American ships giving supplies to Great Britain This new policy made American entry into the war almost impossible Then on April 2
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