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World War II Neutrality
US History II
The statement “The American people were overwhelmingly anti-Nazi and
anti-Hitler…but they were desperately trying to stay out of the war” isn’t very
valid because it was very clear the United States was helping England a lot. The
United States favored England verbally and physically, it was displayed in the
Quarantine Speech and the Lend Lease program.
Verbally the United States clearly showed that they were not neutral. The
Quarantine Speech by FDR stated “we must quarantine the aggressor nation.”
Germany knew that the United States was referring to them which made the
United States not to popular with Hitler. In 1940 the United States had a draft. The
people were not happy at all, there was no point in drafting people if we were not
Physically the United Sates had a lot of acts and programs to aid Britain.
The Cash and Carry program stated if any body wants to buy weapons from us,
they have to bring their ships to pick them up. That helps us from losing our ships
in trades. FDR thought up an idea called destroyers for bases. What it does is we
give Britain our old destroyers that we don’t use and they give us bases they aren’t
using in the Caribbean. That’s a great idea but again it shows clearly were not
being neutral. FDR came up with the Lend Lease program, and with this we
loaned Britain anything they needed. FDR made a speech saying “if your
neighbor’s house was on fire, you would lend them your hose.” That’s what we
were doing with Britain. If we did not aid Britain, and Hitler took over all of
Europe, we would have had military bases in Iceland
The United States claimed neutrality in the beginning of World War II, but
as you can see clearly they were not neutral at all. That’s why the statement “The
American people were overwhelmingly anti-Nazi and anti-Hitler…but they were
desperately trying to stay out of the war” isn’t very valid.
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Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, United States, Delano family, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Freemen of the City of London, Lend-Lease, Destroyers for Bases Agreement, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Quarantine Speech, Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, German declaration of war against the United States
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