World War II Neutrality





2/22/04


US History II


The statement “The American people were overwhelmingly anti-Nazi and


anti-Hitler…but they were desperately trying to stay out of the war” isn’t very


valid because it was very clear the United States was helping England a lot. The


United States favored England verbally and physically, it was displayed in the


Quarantine Speech and the Lend Lease program.


Verbally the United States clearly showed that they were not neutral. The


Quarantine Speech by FDR stated “we must quarantine the aggressor nation.”


Germany knew that the United States was referring to them which made the


United States not to popular with Hitler. In 1940 the United States had a draft. The


people were not happy at all, there was no point in drafting people if we were not


at war.


Physically the United Sates had a lot of acts and programs to aid Britain.


The Cash and Carry program stated if any body wants to buy weapons from us,


they have to bring their ships to pick them up. That helps us from losing our ships


in trades. FDR thought up an idea called destroyers for bases. What it does is we


give Britain our old destroyers that we don’t use and they give us bases they aren’t


using in the Caribbean. That’s a great idea but again it shows clearly were not


being neutral. FDR came up with the Lend Lease program, and with this we


loaned Britain anything they needed. FDR made a speech saying “if your


neighbor’s house was on fire, you would lend them your hose.” That’s what we


were doing with Britain. If we did not aid Britain, and Hitler took over all of


Europe, we would have had military bases in Iceland


The United States claimed neutrality in the beginning of World War II, but


as you can see clearly they were not neutral at all. That’s why the statement “The


American people were overwhelmingly anti-Nazi and anti-Hitler…but they were


desperately trying to stay out of the war” isn’t very valid.