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10/6/15 WW2 notes

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10/6/15 WW2 notes HIST 1302 - 004

Stephanie Romero
History of U.S. Since 1865 (C) - 15873
Richard Clyde Foust

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Date Created: 10/07/15
10615 WW2 Notes American Isolationism Throughout the Great Depression Isolationist sentiment reigned across America as a strenuous focus on the domestic economy and disillusionment left over from World War 1 fed opposition to foreign entanglements It was within this context that a series of threats to world peace arose as Japan Italy and Germany all belligerently sought to expand their influence and territory at the expense of nearby peoples Yet even as these aggressors represented an increasing threat to Western Civilization the American public remained strongly isolationist Adolph Hitler Adolph Hitler gained power in Germany by exploiting the psychological injuries inflicted on Germans by World War 1 Tapping into an ugly strain of antiSemitism in German culture he blamed many of the nation s economic woes on German Jews In addition he attacked the Treaty of Versailles which had saddled Germany with heavy reparations According to Hitler Germany could rise anew and reclaim her position as a world power if the nation were purged of quotJewish traitors freed from arduous reparation payments and rescued from emasculating disarmament World War 2 pt 1 President Roosevelt responded to Hitler s assault on Western Europe by declaring neutrality yet he also took a number of steps designed to help Britain Even so it wasn t until December of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor that the US entered the war As a result all the nation s activities farming manufacturing mining trade labor investment communications even education and cultural undertaking were geared toward the war effort World War 2 pt 2 In the first few months after the US entered the war the outlook for victory was bleak Nevertheless with the successful DDay invasion of France the US helped turn the tide against Nazi Germany in Europe and in the pacific the US forced Japan to surrender after the dropping of two atomic bombs Ultimately World War 2 witnessed more death cost more money changed more property affected more people and causes more farreaching changes than any other war in history America s Post War Destiny By using the atomic bomb to defeat Japan the US virtually guaranteed a postwar arms race with the Soviet Union In fact the postwar world Americans imagined themselves as the global agent of freedom in lethal combat everywhere with a single terrifying antagonist communism In other words many Americans believed that the time had come for the US to mobilize and direct the forces of good versus evil an imagined destiny that lingers to this day


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