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1 (I would know about this painting if I were you…)
American Gothic by Grant Wood (I would know about this painting if I were you…) I would also know that the Clark Memorandum ended the Roosevelt corollary.

2 Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War
Chapter 35 Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War

3 The London Conference FDR refused to support the London Economic conference (to coordinate an attack on the Depression by stabilizing currencies) because it might hurt the U.S. recover from the Depression As a result, the trend toward extreme nationalism was strengthened at home and abroad, making international cooperation more difficult Philippines (1934): Tydings-McDuffie Act provided for independence by 1946 Islands were economic liabilities to the U.S. Recognition of Russia: 1933 to increase trade & boost economy Also to counter the rising power of Germany and Japan

4 Becoming a Good Neighbor
Good Neighbor Policy: 1933 with respect to L. Am. US seemed only interested in being a regional (not world) power Military intervention had produced resentment US not investing in L. America b/c of Depression (so no need for troops to protect investments) 7th Pan-American Conference – US formally endorsed nonintervention (renunciation of Teddy’s Roosevelt Corollary) Cuba: freed from Platt Amendment EXCEPT Guantanamo Bay US hold on Panama Canal loosened FDR wanted Latin American allies to defend the west against European and Asian dictators Withdrew American marines from Haiti

5 Becoming a Good Neighbor
Policy paid off by L.Americans giving US good will & support Sec of State Hull said trade must be reciprocal (a nation can sell abroad only if it buys from abroad) Tariffs stop foreign trade & can cause wars b/c of mistrust Reciprocal Trade Agreements (1934) allows Pres. to reduce tariffs as much as 50% to “most favored nations.” Increased America’s foreign trade (lowered tariffs to increase trade) Done w/out Senate approval (avoided politics & time delays) By countries had reciprocal trade agreements w/US President Franklin Roosevelt with Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza

6 Storm-Cellar Isolationism
America retreated further into isolationism in the 1930s in the face of GER, Italian, and Japanese aggression Chaos after WWI made the situation perfect for a dictator Hitler  Germany Mussolini - Italy Franco  Spain Japan  Manchuria Joseph Stalin  USSR

7 Storm-Cellar Isolationism
Hitler promised to fix GER economic problems & national disgrace caused by postwar Allied policies 1933: GER withdrew from the LofN & began secretly rearming 1935: Mussolini attacked Ethiopia w/bombers & tanks The LofN did nothing to stop it 1936: Rome-Berlin Axis an alliance b/w Hitler & Mussolini

8 Italian Attack on Ethiopia

9 Storm-Cellar Isolationism
Japan resented Treaty of Versailles b/c it limited their actions in the Pacific 1934: Japan terminated Washington Naval Treaty (had limited the size of their navy) 1935: London naval conference Japan demanded equality w/US and BR but they were turned down so they walked out Japan began building giant battleships 1935: withdrew from LofN 1940: Tripartite Pact b/w Japan, GER, Italy

10 Storm-Cellar Isolationism
US isolationism increased as problems in Asia & EUR got worse Isolationist propaganda flooded the public Articles condemned munitions manufacturers as war mongers who profited from WWI 1934 Senate Investigation by Gerald Nye Blamed US involvement on WWI on US bankers & arms manufacturers Isolationists in both parties were majority in Congress through 1938

11 Congress Legislates Neutrality
Neutrality Acts ( ): prohibits arm shipments to either side once the Pres. has determined a “belligerency” exists President prohibited all arms shipments & forbid US citizens to travel on ships of belligerent nations No loans to belligerents Abandoned policy of freedom of the seas Navy and armed forces declined Made no distinction b/w aggressors and victims Encouraged aggressors’ attempts at conquest Dr. Seuss illustrates the Neutrality Acts

12 America Dooms Loyalist Spain
1936 – 1939 – Spanish Civil War: Leftist Loyalist government against fascist rebels led by General Francisco Franco Fascists helped by Hitler and Mussolini Loyalists received less help from Soviet Union Turned some Americans against helping Loyalists Loyalists defeated – US stayed out while dictators destroyed democracy 1938 – America finally began building up its fleet but too late to stop WWII

13 Appeasing Japan and Germany
1937 Japan invaded China but FDR refused to call it a war Allowed US to continue shipping small amount of munitions to China but also allowed Japan to purchase huge amounts of war material

14 Appeasing Japan and Germany
1937 FDR’s Quarantine Speech : Japan as an ex. of world lawlessness Called for “positive endeavors” to “quarantine” aggressors Resulted in protests by isolationists the Panay (1937): Japan “accidentally” sinks her FDR demands an apology & gets it so we don’t go to war *indemnity Some of the crew being ferried to shore as the Panay begins to list.

15 Appeasing Japan and Germany
Hitler’s violations of Treaty of Versailles in which BR, FR & LofN do nothing: 1935: compulsory military service in GER 1936: troops marched into demilitarized Rhineland 1930s: attacks on German Jews 1930s: built GER mechanized army & air force 1938: Anschluss – bloodless takeover of Austria

16 Dr. Seuss takes on appeasement

17 Appeasement U.S. doesn’t attempt to aid Europe’s Jews in the 30s b/c:
Tensions b/w Jewish communities in U.S. Immigration Act of 1924 restricted further immigration Feared a flood of Jewish refugees that would add to unemployment problem of the Depression Anti-Semitic attitudes in Congress and State Department U.S. saved only a small number of Jews from the Nazis

18 Appeasement BR and FR consent to Germany’s taking of the Sudetenland from Czech. In Sept of 1938 Munich Conference sacrifices Czech. to keep peace with Hitler Munich becomes a symbol of appeasement March 1939 – Hitler took over the rest of Czechoslovakia

19 Appeasement Shortly after Hitler signs a nonaggression pact with Stalin (Soviet Union), he invades Poland and starts WWII GER now free to attack in west w/out fear of attack on east

20 Axis Aggression Through 1941
Hitler demands GER land given to Poland after WWI Sept 1, 1939: Hitler sends his army and airforce into Poland (blitzkrieg) BR & FR declare war against GER Poland defeated in 3 weeks USSR entered from east to split Poland w/GER as part of their earlier secret agreement

21 Hitler’s Belligerency & US Neutrality
US issues statement of neutrality (US is anti-German but didn’t want to be sucked into war) Cash & Carry (1937): non-military goods EUR can buy US war materials but would have to pay cash and transport them in their own ships Helped BR & FR b/c they controlled the seas Oct 1939-April 1940: “Phony war” EUR was peaceful after Poland fell b/c Hitler had to transfer army to the west to attack FR Hitler then attacked Denmark & Norway, then Netherlands and Belgium May 1940: GER attacked and defeated FR, with Italy attacking from the South BR evacuated most of their troops in a frantic transport across the English Channel at Dunkirk Winston Churchill elected as prime minister of England

22 The Fall of France Fall of FR in 1940: BR now last democracy in EUR
Congress passes a conscription law Begin military buildup First peacetime draft in US Conquered territories in EUR had colonies in L. America 1940 Havana Conference: US & L.American countries together reasserted Monroe Doctrine to warn GER against trying to take the colonies over American neutrality is ended

23 Bolstering BR w/the Destroyer Deal
Aug 1940: Battle of BR GER air attacks & sustained bombing of civilian cities Hitler planned for Sept invasion Royal Air Force’s defense of England made Hitler put off plans for invasion indefinitely FDR decided to help BR by any means except actual war Supporters argued BR was fighting to defend US too Isolationists thought US should concentrate its strength at home so that Hitler would not attack US after defeating BR

24 American Involvement America First Committee (1940): isolationist group In the 1930s many in the nation wanted an amendment that would require the public to approve a war before Congress’s declaration could be issued Lindbergh

25 Bolstering Britain 1925 to 1940: America transitions from embargo, to cash & carry, to lend-lease Shoot-on-Sight (July 1941): U.S. Navy to escort BR ships carrying lend-lease materials [after Greer] Destroyers for Bases (1940): GB traded 50 over-age U.S. destroyers for 99 yr. leases on 8 valuable naval bases in this hemisphere (Caribbean) By 1940 most Americans begin to favor providing BR with “all aid short of war”

26 FDR Shatters the Two-Term Tradition
Results: FDR (Dem.) defeats Willkie (Rep.) FDR motivated to run for a third term b/c America needed his experienced leadership during this international crisis Voters wanted FDR’s experience in case of war

27 Congress Passes the Landmark Lend-Lease Law
BR’s credit was running out with US but they still needed lots of help FDR’s Garden Hose Speech (Dec. 17, 1940): “Suppose my neighbor’s house catches on fire...I don’t say to him, “Neighbor, my garden hose cost $15. You have to pay me $15 for it. I don’t want $15 -- I want my garden hose back after the fire is over.” Compared loaning guns & tanks to loaning a neighbor a hose when his house is on fire (remembered bitterness of debts from WWI) leads to Lend-Lease Act Lend-Lease Act (1941): allows U.S. to furnish supplies to Allies Caused intense debate b/w internationalists & isolationists Program a challenge to Axis dictators All hints of neutrality are abandoned U.S. factories begin to prepare for war production & become an “arsenal of democracy” (store of weapons) GER responds by beginning to sink US ships

28 Main Flow of Lend-Lease Aid

29 Hitler’s Assault on the Soviet Union Spawns the Atlantic Charter
Hitler & Stalin didn’t trust each other June 1941 – Hitler attacks USSR (hoped to knock them out & use their oil to defeat BR) FDR used lend-lease to give USSR aid Hitler held back at Moscow by Soviet red army & Russian winter

30 The Atlantic Charter FDR secretly met w/Churchill to make 8 points for postwar world renounced war spoils *self-determination, disarmament, collective security, future international organization Also endorsed by the Soviet Union FDR and Winston Churchill

31 The USS Reuben James was the first US warship sunk by a U-boat.
Clashes with U-Boats BR couldn’t protect US lend-lease ships from Uboats, so FDR ordered navy to escort them the Greer (fired on in 1941), the Kearny (crippled), the Reuben James (sunk) Congress now allows merchant ships to arm themselves with 100 AM lives lost, Hitler knows that war with the US is now inevitable The USS Reuben James was the first US warship sunk by a U-boat. U-Boat

32 Surprise Assault on Pearl Harbor
Japan stuck in costly war w/China that it wasn’t winning Dependent on huge shipments of steel, oil from US Embargo - no sale of fuel or metal to Japan in response to their aggression in Asia Also froze all Japanese assets in US & imposed total embargo w/Japan in response to their taking of Indochina Panama Canal closed Japan believes they are being forced into war b/c FDR insists they leave China They refuse to withdraw and start planning an attack US had broken their secret code but expected attack somewhere in Southeast Asia As a democracy, we couldn’t attack first

33 Surprise Assault on Pearl Harbor
Where would the attack occur? (FDR believes it will be by Philippines or Malaysia) Pearl Harbor attacked (1941): Sunday, Dec. 7, 7:55a.m. 2403 casualties (USS Arizona - half of casualties) awakened a sleeping giant! lasted less that 2 hrs. 18 ships sunk or damaged & approx. 200 planes bombed Declaration of War : “a date that will live in infamy” Jeanette Rankin voted against it (again!!!) Dec 11 – US, Italy, GER declared war on each other


35 From Bystander to Belligerent
Before Pearl Harbor, majority of Americans wanted to keep US out of war after, US united in defeating Axis Powers Culmination of chain of events that led to war Aid to Britain to prevent German victory Embargo on Japan to prevent expansion Americans had realized that appeasement didn’t work; only full war was able to defeat Axis

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