World War II

World War II

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  • We in Congress are passing the Neutrality Acts to avoid war. 
  • Kill the Jews!
  • Dear Congress, I think it's time we make a compromise on the Neutrality Acts...
  • In 1935, Congress passed the Neutrality Acts. The laws forabe the President from providing arms to nations in Europe. Congress also warned Americans not to sail on vessels of nations at war. 
  • Let me ask you, the American people, why aren't we willingly helping our allies in the war? 
  • As news of Hitler's unfair treatment against minority groups reached America, many Americans began to question the Neutrality Acts. Citizens started to side with the Allies.
  • Attention all males over the age of 18: due to the new draft law, you are all eligible to be apart of the army. 
  • President Roosevelt worked hard with Congress to come up with a compromise. Congress then passed the Cash-n-Carry Act. The US was allowed to sell supplies to Great Britain as long as they payed in cash and transported the materials themselves.
  • President Roosevelt delivered the "Garden Hose" speech to encourage the idea of not charging for weapons. Later, Congress passed the Lend Lease Act. It allowed the US to lend any supplies to Great Britain for free. 
  • Congress began to prepare for war, just in case they joined the war. In September 1940, Congress passed a law that set up a military draft. They also allowed the military to spend more money.
  • On December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. They bombed the ships and killed over 3,000 American citizens. After this attack, President Roosevelt asks Congress to declar a state of war. 
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