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Butler Lauren Butler Professor Jeff Davis HY 104-920 15 April 2020 Module 8 Assignment “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days”. These were the famous words spoken by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his Inaugural Address 4, March 1933 regarding the nation’s uncertainty as it plunged deeper into the Great Depression. Prior to the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the American people wanted to maintain a state of isolationism. The United States’ role in the Great War was thought by many American’s to be a mistake. American citizens wanted to remain neutral in foreign affairs while focusing inward on restoring the county, while FDR hoped for America to at least maintain a modest role in world peace ( Unfinished Nation , 604). In his Inaugural Address , FDR urged the American citizens to “minister to ourselves and to our fellow men”. America wanted to remain neutral on foreign policy so that it could focus on fixing the problems within its own country first. However, the longer the Great Depression lasted, President Roosevelt’s approach to foreign policy began to evolve. On August 31, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the

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