As we once again debate America's role in the world, this time in the Middle East, it’s worth noting that there is most assuredly a deep strain of isolationism that courses throughout American history. Perhaps nowhere was this more apparent than in the run up to the Second World War.
Even as Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, only one in forty Americans thought America should get involved. This was the world that FDR faced as he tried to reshape America's vision and it’s place in the world. He reminded the country that it had a “rendezvous with destiny.”