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Unformatted text preview: 1. Oral presentations 2. Reaction to German foreign policy and to Jewish persecution: A. Following costly U.S. involvement in World War I isolationist sentiments brought about the Neutrality Act. Varying clauses of the neutrality act reflect changing American attitudes. Originally we wanted to remain out of international world entirely; eventually we begin providing indirect relief. B. As president, Roosevelt was unsure of what Americas role in the international world would be. He does praise Ethiopia for victories against Germany; he condemns the philosophies of Aryanism and condemns the Rhineland invasion. He was never happy with the Neutrality act, saying that we couldnt ignore the rest of the world. He believed in more presidential power in choosing what nation posed as a threat to national security. C. American people believed that Jews controlled a lot of the countries economy. Tendencies for Jewish shop owners and employers to higher other Jews. The United States tight immigration policy was not modified even after hearing about the Holocaust, a lot of Jews could have been saved. A lot of people did not like Jews and had strong feeling against them. The severity of the Holocaust was not even known by the pro- Jewish groups. Strong public and political sentiment exists against the holocaust, but some Americans are pro-Nazism. Although no changes made to help the people, American seems to be indifferent and slightly sympathetic to the Jewish cause. 3. U.S. assistance to allies before entering the war: A. Prior to Americas formal entry into the war America assisted France and Germany by shipping weapons and tanks. B. Turned over naval destroyers to Britain to help defend against Germany, they patrolled large areas of the Atlantic Ocean against German U-boats, with which U.S. ships were involved in shootings. C. The United States also took over rights and responsibilities at defense bases on British possessions bordering the Atlantic. D. Lend Lease Act- Enacted march 11 1941 it enabled the United States to distribute war materials to the allied powers. In the act the President was given the right to exchange, lend, lease, or donate any defense materials to any government he deemed necessary, for the defense of the United States. E. Neutrality Act- A series of laws passed in the 1930s that was an attempt to prevent America from becoming involved in overseas conflicts. Did not distinguish between victim and aggressor and loopholes enabled Roosevelt to provide aid to other nations. Different versions passed in 1935, 1936, 1937 and 1939 each tried to impose a different restriction. As the allies needed more aid the 1939 act allowed for the cash and carry of weapons and war time supplies and since the axis powers had limited axis to U.S....
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course DWC 101 taught by Professor Teamc during the Fall '07 term at Providence College.
- Fall '07