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In sum the second decade of the 20th century saw the United States struggle with the responsibilities which foreign investments bring A pattern of behavior was rising In spite of Commitment to neutrality the United States interests were forcing involvement where they never had before President Woodrow Wilson wanted to keep the United States out of World War 1 in order to achieve the countrys foreign policy objectives He wanted to insure that no country gained power over Europe If that happened American markets could dry up not only in Europe but other parts of the world because of the increased strength of the European power War engulfed Europe but Washington was determined to stay clear of it The way to achieve our goals and avoid the war was through a policy of neutrality and the loyalty to certain legal principals The United States advocated an open door policy and freedom of the seas Wilson believed that if all countries abided by these principals there would be a greater chance of stability in the world On August 20 1914 President Wilson told the people of the United States to be impartial in thought as well as action The first objective of Wilsons neutrality policy was to promote the economic and commercial interests of the United States without going to war At first Wilson believed that he could trade with both sides of the war But Wilson soon realized that since Britain controlled the seas they might issue a proclamation that neutrals must not trade with Germany Therefore the British would be prepared if necessary to go to war with any neutral power even the United States that should disregard such a proclamation In other words in extreme need they might practically forbid neutrality On February 4 1915 Germany announced a submarine blockage of the British Isles Within the war zone all confrontational shipping would be destroyed without warning Germany cautioned the United States
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