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Historical Context

The United States Enters World War II

During World War I, the United States did not enter the war until the final years, after Germans sank a number of American ships. The same was true for World War II. During the beginning years of the war, the United States remained officially neutral. Although President Roosevelt attempted to keep the United States out of the war as much as possible, he realized that ultimately this might not be possible. Martin Gilbert says in his A History of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 2, 1933-1951, "Roosevelt intimated that the concept of perpetual neutrality . . . could not survive the conflicts that were arising across the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans." As the war progressed, the United States, still officially neutral, began to provide a greater supply of arms and other aid to its international allies who were actively fighting the war against Germany and...

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