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American Neutrality. What is Neutrality?. the absence of declared bias. In an argument, a neutral person will not choose a side. . Do you think the United States has a global responsibility to come to the aid of warring nations or do you think they should remain neutral?.

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What is neutrality
What is Neutrality?

  • the absence of declared bias. In an argument, a neutral person will not choose a side. 


Do you think the United States has a global responsibility to come to the aid of warring nations or do you think they should remain neutral?


Some american s felt personally involved
Some American’s Felt Personally Involved to come to the aid of warring nations or do you think they should remain neutral?

  • more than 1/3 of the nations 92 million people were first or second generation immigrants who still felt ties to their old countries.

  • about a 1/4 of these were Germans but most Americans favored the Allies ( Germany ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm or an autocrat: a ruler with unlimited power, dislike him)


But in the end america declares neutrality why would you do this
BUT: to come to the aid of warring nations or do you think they should remain neutral? In the end, America declares neutrality. Why would you dothis?

  • A: nations business interest - trade and investments with both sides


2 movements emerged
2 movements emerged to come to the aid of warring nations or do you think they should remain neutral?

1) Preparedness Movement

  • as much as business leaders wanted to remain neutral they also felt like the US should still prepare for war “just in case”

  • President Wilson agreed set up patriotic education and national sentiment training camps

    2) Peace Movement

  • consisted of former populists, some progressives, social

    reformers and women. Women did a lot of marches and campaigning for peace



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