{Why Did the United States End Up in World War Ii When Most Americans Were Isolationists Into 1940 (at Least)?}

Topics: World War II, United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt Pages: 3 (1021 words) Published: June 25, 2012
{Why did the United States end up in World War II when most Americans were isolationists into 1940 (at least)?} The United States chose in its’ early history to adopt the ideals of isolationists: a national policy of abstaining from relations with other countries. While the United States did not have foreign interaction in its first century, its foreign policy was more one of neutrality than isolationism. Isolationism is a willing denial of and hiding from world events. Neutrality, on the other hand, is an acknowledgment of world events and a deliberate choice not to join in on them. The United States was so serious about staying out of any war that when the USS Panay was sunk by Japan, they accepted an apology and a $2 million indemnity. So to suggest the country consisted of a large population of isolationist is a bit absurd because the American population knew what was happening in the world, we just wanted no part of it.  After winning reelection, Franklin D. Roosevelt felt justified in America giving aid to the Allies. Roosevelt pushed for the passing of the Lend-Lease Act in March 1941, which would allow the president to lend supplies to any nation deemed vital to the defense of the United States, like as Britain or France. Not only did this prove to be against our isolationist ideals but also our neutral ones too. The United States helped the Allies by tracking German submarines and warning of their location, and by convoying British ships with security being provided by the U.S. Navy that were ordered to attack any hostile vessel. These actions were considered by many hostile acts that could lead the United States into war. In August 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt met with British Prime Minister on a British warship off the coast of Newfoundland. They discussed military strategy and issued the first draft of the Atlantic Charter. Roosevelt issued a response to a German attack against an American destroyer, the shoot-on-sight order in September 1941,...
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