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The New Deal and World War 11

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The New Deal and World War II Roosevelt’s leadership through economic reconstruction, war The United States, disillusioned by the failure of the crusade for democracy in World  War I, announced that in no circumstances could any country involved in the conflict  look to it for aid. Neutrality legislation, enacted piecemeal from 1935 to 1937, prohibited  trade in arms with any warring nations, required cash for all other commodities, and  forbade American flag merchant ships from carrying those goods. The objective was to  prevent, at almost any cost, the involvement of the United States in a foreign war. With the Nazi conquest of Poland in 1939 and the outbreak of World War II, isolationist  sentiment increased, even though Americans clearly favored the victims of Hitler’s 
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Unformatted text preview: aggression and supported the Allied democracies, Britain and France. Roosevelt could only wait until public opinion regarding U.S. involvement was altered by events. After the fall of France and the beginning of the German air war against Britain in mid-1940, the debate intensified between those in the United States who favored aiding the democracies and the antiwar faction known as the isolationists. Roosevelt did what he could to nudge public opinion toward intervention. The United States joined Canada in a Mutual Board of Defense, and aligned with the Latin American republics in extending collective protection to the nations in the Western Hemisphere....
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