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1 Primary Content Source: Living History America, edited by E. Bruun and J. Crosby. Images cited as listed.

2 At the beginning of World War II, with England standing alone against Germany in Europe, Hitler began a daily bombing blitz of England.

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8 Desperate for supplies to protect England, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill asked U.S. President Roosevelt for assistance to fight off Germany’s expected invasion.

9 By early 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt knew that the U.S. needed to give support to England and help them.

10 Even though sympathies were starting to sway, many Americans still held a strong isolationist stance.

11 Also, Congress had passed the Neutrality Acts to keep America neutral during the WWII conflict.

12 Roosevelt had to find a way to provide supplies to England without offending isolationist Americans who did not want to get involved in the war.

13 Then Roosevelt had an idea… What if… in exchange for the lease of some British islands in the Caribbean Sea, the U.S. lends England some ships and munitions?

14 Technically this did not break the Neutrality laws; Congress finally passed the Lend-Lease Act in March 1941 after a bitter debate.

15 Roosevelt had found a way to assist the British. The Lend- Lease Act provided crucial military supplies for Britain’s fight against Nazi Germany.

16 Before writing and illustrating his famous children’s books, Dr. Seuss spent a long career as a political cartoonist.

17 What do Dr. Seuss’s illustrations suggest about American neutrality?

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19 “…and the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones…But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter.”

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21 “Ho hum! When he’s finished pecking down that last tree he’ll quite likely be tired.”

22 “The old Family bath tub is plenty safe for me!”

23 GET YOUR OSTRICH BONNET HERE – RELIEVES HITLER HEADACHE “FORGET THE TERRIBLE NEWS YOU’VE READ. YOUR MIND’S AT EASE IN AN OSTRICH HEAD!”

24 “Since when did we swap our ego for an ostrich?”

25 “Hey, Hide if you have to, but by thunder, stop nibbling!”

26 “Don’t look now…but I think there’s a new exhibit!”

27 “Relax, Sam, I assure you the express turns off right here!”

28 “He Never Knew What Hit Him”

29 “Are We Mice or Are We Men?”

30 Said a bird in the midst of a Blitz, “Up to now they’ve scored very few hitz, So I’ll sit on my canny Old Star Spangled Fanny…” And on it he sitz and he sitz.


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