This isolationist mood of the country was a large reason why Roosevelt failed to involve the United States in World War II in a timely manner. Roosevelt's experience as Assistant Secretary of the Navy had proven his interventionist beliefs correct once, and his actions in the beginning of WWII reveal a similar sentiment in him then. In July of 1937, Japan invaded China, but the lack of a formal declaration of war allowed FDR to continue arms sales to China despite Neutrality legislation. He delivered a speech in Chicago in the autumn of 1937–the "Quarantine Speech"–that called for "positive endeavors" against the aggressions of Italy and Japan, something along the lines of economic embargoes. But faced with an uproar of isolationist protest, the ever politically conscious Roosevelt backed down from his interventionist beliefs. Roosevelt had
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