The Great War’s Impact on American Foreign Policy and Civic Religion

What happened in 1898 was accidental, but only in the sense that if you roll a die over and over again, it will turn up six sooner or later. That is, the tipping point was sure to come given the temptations posed by all those transformations at home and abroad. But what did not need to happen was the emergence of an entirely new civil theology that claimed a global, crusading mission for the United States.