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As Americans survived the aftermath of the Great War they were faced with yet another puzzle whether to join the League of Nations or not The League of Nations was largely the brainchild of US President Woodrow Wilson and the narrow-minded Republicans who shot it down were acting solely in their self-interest The United States of America should have joined the League of Nations for it would have provided the bullk of the power that was needed within the League World War I was basically a story of misunderstandings and alliances The concept of gentlemanly warfare and chivalry were all but diminished through trench warfare and the use of mustard gas War was now understood by all as a dirty deed Hence the League was promoted as a moralizing factor for the world to allow nations to come together under one League to discuss their problems The concept of self-determination and territorial integrity may have seemed ludicrous to the imperialistic minded Americans but the concept was actually quite practical The League also promoted open seas open treaties and disarmament Joining the League would have reaped benefits in the long-term for Americans But instead Republicans and dimwitted isolationists advertised the League as a war machine and spread some widely disfigured information about the League Women and workers back home in America came to despise the League for fear of getting called upon to serve in the armys if there was conflict in Europe every day and night which was anything but the case Without the presence of the USA the League was placed in the hands of the much-weakened powers of France and Great Britain More troubling was the fact that Britain and France usually did not see eye to eye on many of the major issues of the day such as disarmament and trade In this situation the US still insisted on playing an influential role in the world Despite their absence from the League
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