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"We must be the great arsenal of democracy".
Under Lend-Lease, the United States sent billions of dollars' worth of aid in the form of weapons, tanks, airplanes, and food to Great Britain, the Nationalists in China, and other Allied countries.
A farm owner named Yuri Tateishi spoke of feeling betrayed by his government. "You hurt, " he said. "You give up everything that you worked for that far, and I think everybody was at the point of just having gotten out of the Depression and was just getting on his feet"
President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. This order allowed the government to begin the process of internment, or forced relocation and imprisonment, of Japanese Americans.
German forces then advanced to the key industrial city of Stalingrad. German firebombs set much of the city on fire. But Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was determined to hold on to Stalingrad at all coasts. Savage street fighting dragged on for months. Soviet snipers used the ruined buildings to their advantage, firing at German soldiers from behind piles of stone and brick.
American and Filipino forces under the command of American general Douglas MacArthur could not stop Japan's advance in the Philippines. MacArthur left the islands in March 1942, vowing to return. More than 70,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered to the Japanese. The exhausted soldiers were forced to march 63 miles up the Bataan Peninsula to prison camps. Many prisoners were starved and beaten by Japanese soldiers
The Allies had another option. Since 1942 Allied scientists had been working on a secret program known as the Manhattan Proje
After six years, World War 2 was finally over. More than 50 million people had been killed- more than half of them civilians. National economics in Europe and Asia were devastated, and millions of people were left without food, water, or shelter. Since the war had been fought far from American soil, the United States escaped this level of destruction . As the strongest power left in the world, much of the responsibility for postwar rebuilding fell to the United States.
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