Foreign Affairs During WWII, Cold War

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Foreign Affairs Krystal McCracken American History Since 1865 Lisa Bowie May 20, 2013 Since 1865 the United States has been involved in quite a bit of foreign affairs. The sinking of the USS Maine which kicked us into the Spanish American War, the Great War (WWI), WWII, Cold War and the Korean War are all examples of foreign affairs. Rebels in Cuba wanted complete freedom from Spain's reign and America saw a need to support them. So on January 25, 1898 the US Battleship Maine was sent to Havana Harbor Cuba. On February 15,1898 there was an explosion and the USS Maine was blown to pieces. Since no one knew what caused it Captain Sigsbee sent a message to Washington to let no one speculate on what happened since he didn't know…show more content…
On December 7, 1941 Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and sank three of the eight American battleships, destroyed 150 airplanes and killed 2,400 Americans (Bowles, 2011). The main reasons why the Japanese attacked the United States was because the United States mistrusted Japan and was strongly against Japanese aggressions into China. In 1940 the US imposed an embargo of all scrap metal and oil to Japan. Officials said that it would take further sanctions like freezing of all Japanese assets in the US if Japan didn't abandon its incursions into East Asia. There was 16 million Americans that went off to fight and 400,000 of them would lose their lives, but worldwide 80 million people were killed (Wattenberg, 2000). On August 6, 1945 President Truman authorized the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and three days later Hiroshima (Bowles, 2011). This decision to drop the bombs ultimately ended the…show more content…
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