Category Archives: Gregory on History

What Next? And Next?: A shorthand history of America at war Part V The Korean War, 1950-53

The United States government blundered into a war that it said it was not going to fight. Then, after joining the war, it ignored various warnings as the war expanded. In Korea, the U.S. government once again took a dangerous course and had a new war. America fought its way right up to the North…

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What Next? And Next?(i) : A shorthand history of modern America at war Part IV World War II

In the late 1930s, under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the United States would start taking the steps to the back door of war, even though most Americans wanted the nation to remain neutral. FDR was an admirer of President Wilson and had been a member of his cabinet. (ii) Indeed, a young Franklin Roosevelt, as…

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What Next? And Next?: A shorthand history of America at war Part III America and the Great War (1917-1918)

President Wilson, at the outset of the war in Europe in August 1914, called for strict neutrality. “We must be impartial in thought as well as in action,” (i) he announced. He knew most Americans wanted to stay out of the war. The same was true some 25 years later at the start of World…

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What Next? And Next? : A shorthand history of modern America at war, Part II America Becomes an Empire

The Spanish-American War of 1898 was a turning point that dramatically changed America. The United States once had been the avowed enemy of empire. Prior to the war, president Grover Cleveland rejected war with Spain over the last pieces of her crumbling empire. William McKinley, his successor, said he would follow the same policy. In…

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What Next? And Next?(i): A shorthand history of modern America at war. Part I A Tradition Is Reversed

(Editor’s note: How did America go from a republic to an empire? It was a long process that continues today in our warfare/welfare state, a state whose founders included the war lover Theodore Roosevelt. Here is part 1 of a seven part series in which we will focus on how Americans rejected or forgot their…

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