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Unformatted text preview: On April 9, 1940, the Germans overran Denmark and assaulted Norway without formally declaring war. Defeating these countries quickly, the Germans made their way towards Paris. The real threat of Nazi triumph chilled isolationist fervor all over the nation. Roosevelt took this opportunity to push legislation through Congress that would further fortify the American military. On June 10, the President, upon hearing that the French Army had collapsed to the German and Italian army, delivered a momentous speech at the University of Virginia's Commencement exercises. The speech marked a turning point in his attitude to the nation and to the war. It revealed his commitment to everything but war, including unrestricted material aid to the Allies. Roosevelt also decided to run for a third term, believing that the country needed leadership continuity to face what might become its second great crisis in less than...
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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.
- Fall '07