America was born with a dependence on and continued support of other countries. More recently, these global relationships are described as "globalization" a term that has taken solid hold in recent decades relating to our economy, especially our reliance on global trade. Public opinion on globalization varies greatly, as demonstrated by this volume's exploration of the following issues: the Global Trade Triangle which provided wealth up and down the coast of the continent and involved trade in human slaves, as well as trade routes for cotton, tobacco, sugar, etc., encouraging both independence and war; inventions, such as steam power, that turned the new nation into a global power; isolationism and protectionism that rose as wars were fought in the 20th century; communication (radio, television, and the Internet) heightening awareness of trade and international issues like open markets and open countries; our desire to transcend national borders, evidenced by the revival of the Olympic Games, the Nobel Prize, the “handshake in space” between Soviet cosmonauts and U.S. astronauts, and the creation of the United Nations and NAFTA; the rise of nationalism in the 21st century; The powerful current divide between Americans who see the value of our continuing international involvement and those who believe that we are better served by an isolationist policy. Covid-19's long-lasting effect on how the world is connected; and the difficulty of addressing many of today’s most urgent problems, like climate change, without global cooperation. Most source documents are reprinted in their entirety and are clearly distinguished by a shaded title bar. Photos and other images enhance the text, and sidebars provide an often lighter perspective on the time period being discussed. Pull quotes and other visual elements increase accessibility. Each chapter ends with a brief Conclusion, thoughtful Discussion Questions, and a list of Works Used.