World War II and America. The Isolationism Dilemma. Author’s Purpose. Before writing, authors must first understand what purpose or purposes they hope to achieve with regard to their readers. Typically, writers write for one of three reasons: to inform to persuade to entertain.
The Isolationism Dilemma
Before writing, authors must first understand what purpose or purposes they hope to achieve with regard to their readers.
Typically, writers write for one of three reasons:
Theodore Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, wrote both of those books.
His children’s books were not the only place he tried to inform and persuade his audience.
This man vehemently op-posed isolationist atti-tudes in America with respect to World War II.
He published a great deal of artwork in PM, a New York newspaper, de-signed to convince the people of the United States to abandon isolationist policies.
In August of 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed what would be the first in a series of Neutrality Acts. These Congressional Acts were attempts to stop the United States from becoming involved in foreign affairs in order that we might focus our attentions on domestic affairs.
This idea was referred to as isolationism or protectionism.
This man was a very outspoken isolationist.
He started a group called “America First” whose mission was to convince the United States government to stay OUT of World War II in the interest of protectionism.
Lindbergh used his fame as a pilot and national hero to gain audience for his isolationist ideas.
It is November 1941. You are an American living at a time when the vestiges of the Neutrality Acts are still selectively enforced by the government. Your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers are all discussing the state of the world and America’s place in it.
Should the United States maintain an isolationist foreign
policy per the Neutrality Acts,
or should we scrap it and go to war?
Paragraph 1 – Introduce yourself.
What is your name?
Who is your family?
What do you do for a living?
Where in the United States do you live?
What is your life like there?
Body Paragraphs – Introduce the facts. You must be able to support EVERYTHING that you include in the body with a documented source.
Build your position by answering the following questions based on your knowledge from this course and the primary sources provided.
Concluding Paragraph – Add it all up.
Our first duty is to keep America out of foreign wars. Our entry would only destroy democracy, not save it. “The path to war is a false path to freedom.
“America First” distributed literature that explained the groups point of view. The following is a brochure that was distributed by the group.
Excerpt from the New York Times, September 16, 1939, covering a September 15 radio broadcast.
The editorial board of the New York Times published this commentary on May 20, 1940.
On May 22, 1940, the New York Times published letters to the editor by readers who weighed in on the May 20 editorial from differing perspectives. A sample of those letters appears below:
Excerpt from the New York Times, October 31, 1941 (continued).