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Yet Germany, perhaps with the memory of the defeat at the hands of American troops in  World War I, was reluctant to commit any violence that would require the entry of  America into the war. It took the imperialist ambitions of Japan to bring America into the  war. Though Roosevelt viewed Japan's aggressions against China with equal dislike as  the actions of Germany and Italy, the majority of the American people did not share his  view. The invasion of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, however, became the  devastating provocation that Roosevelt needed to rally the country behind him. It was  thus with acute political acumen that Roosevelt led the country through the Great  Depression and to its victory in World War II.  American industry, under the able leadership of Jimmy Byrnes, met the impossibly high  production targets Roosevelt set. The vast numbers of jobs the war created finally 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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