This discussion addresses the following outcome:
- Examine the evolution of US foreign policy from neutrality to support of Britain and the Allies in World War II, and the US publicâ€™s reaction.
Before beginning this discussion, make sure to read the Module Notes and Chapter 24: â€œWorld War IIâ€ in The American Yawp. In addition, view the excerpt â€œAmerican Isolationismâ€ from World War II: The Road to War and read the following primary sources: Roosevelt, F.D. (May 1941), Unlimited National Emergency, and Lindbergh, C. (September 1941), Des Moines Speech. You may also choose to listen to a selection from Lindberghâ€™s speech.
Consider world events in the early 1940s, and then compare Rooseveltâ€™s warnings with Lindberghâ€™s. Try to imagine reading these speeches in the context of 1941, rather than the present day.
Using the primary and secondary source materials above as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 350 words:
- What are the respective â€œwarningsâ€ about foreign affairs given by President Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh?
- What do you think would be the publicâ€™s reaction to each personâ€™s speech, and why?