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American Isolationism

These resources on American isolationism identify reasons the United States was initially neutral in World War I. Use these resources to support students' evaluation of why the U.S. was initially neutral during World War I. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • Why did the United States choose an isolationist policy at the beginning of World War I?
  • What advantages did a policy of neutrality provide for the United States in dealing with the various European alliances?
  • Evaluate President Woodrow Wilson's decision to stay neutral at the beginning of the war and to later declare war on Germany. Do you think he acted appropriately?


  1. Overview: American Isolationism
  2. Topic Center Overview: World War I, 1914–1920
  3. Visuals: American Isolationism (Visual)
  4. Outline: Outline
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Key Question: U.S. Isolationism
  7. Reference Articles: Lusitania, Sinking of
  8. Reference Articles: isolationism and World War I
  9. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Lusitania sinking
  10. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: World War
  11. Letters & Narratives: Wilson, Woodrow: first Lusitania note to Germany (1915)
  12. Speeches: Wilson, Woodrow: Declaration of Neutrality (1914)
  13. Maps: World War I: Europe

MLA Citation

"American Isolationism." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153045?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153045

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