Withdrawal of American troops from foreign nations (especially Latin America) to improve international relations and unite western hemisphere; Clark Memorandum (rebukes the "big stick"); peaceful resolution of Mexican oil fields.
Isolationism in the 1920s & 1930s
Americans concerned with economic depression; sought to avoid European involvement, no apparent immediate threats.
Neutrality Acts, 1935-37
Prohibited aiding of belligerent nations, banned civilian involvement; limimted power of president during international war, built up armed forces.
Quarantine Speech, 1937
FDR encouraged democracies to quarantine their opponents (economic embargos); criticized by isolationists.
Neutrality Act, 1939
Allowed sale of weaponry to democracies on "cash-and-carry" basis, avoided full-blown war; danger zones proclaimed; solved American unemployment crisis.
"Four Freedoms" Speech
FDR asked for increased authority to aid Britain; freedom of speech/expression, of religion, from want, from fear; resulted in Lend-Lease.