history ch. 16 BB.pdf - Jessica Dillard Chapter 16 1 What...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.

Jessica Dillard Chapter 16 1) What evidence does Zinn offer to show the US government was not opposed to Fascism on principle? Zinn offers a plethora of examples showing that the United States was not opposed to Fascism based on principle. In fact he even says that “If U.S. entrance in to the war was to defend the principle of nonintervention in the affairs of other countries, the nation's record cast doubt on its ability to uphold that principle.”(Zinn) The U.S. opposed the Haitian revolution for independence from France in the early 1800s. It had started a war with Mexico and eventually took half of the country. It had “helped” Cuba win freedom from Spain, just to put itself in Cuba with a military base. It seized Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and fought a war with the Filipinos. It had "opened" Japan to trade with gunboats and threats. It had also used an “Open Door Policy” to take advantage of China like other western countries. The United States was considered a democracy with “certain liberties” and Germany was a dictatorship, one that persecuted its’ Jewish minority and imprisoned dissidents while declaring the supremacy of the Arayan "race." When looking at anti-Semitism in Germany and racism in the U.S., there was not much of a difference. And the United States had done nothing to stop Hitler's policies. It had appeased Hitler throughout the thirties, just like everyone else. Roosevelt and his Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, did not want to criticize Hitler's anti-Semitic policies. There even was a resolution introduced in the Senate in January 1934 asking both the Senate and President to express "surprise and pain" at what the Germans were doing, and to demand the restoration of Jewish rights. According to Arnold Offner, the State Department "caused this resolution to be buried in committee.” (American Appeasement). Mussolini's Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, so the U.S. declared an embargo on munitions, however it allowed American businesses to send huge amounts of oil to Italy which was essential to carrying on the war. The U.S. likes to put on a front that it is against Fascism, but if there is profit to be made, then the

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture