Neutrality Acts and aid the Allies
After World War One, America wanted to keep the United States out of another European war. Deeply alarmed by that conflict, Roosevelt adopted cautious—and possibly deceitful—methods to circumvent the Neutrality Acts and aid the Allies.
To complete the Discussion activity, please do the following:
- Pretend that you are a neutrality advocate and argue against entrance into the war or pretend that you are an advocate for entering the war. Write a two or three paragraph argument that considers:
- What do you believe were the main reasons that some Americans wanted to remain neutral in the war?
- What political options did neutrality advocates have, and how did they try to stop U.S. entrance into the war?
- Why and how did the Roosevelt administration begin moving away from neutrality once war erupted in Europe?
The U.S. rapidly mobilized industry and the draft for the war. By 1945, the U.S. had more than 8 million people in uniform. For the first time in U.S. history, a majority of married women worked outside the home. One in five Americans county in America during the war.
Consider these and other ways the United States changed during World War II.
To complete the Discussion activity, please complete the following:
Write one to two paragraphs for each of the following questions:
- What do you believe were the biggest opportunities and challenges that the war created in regards to America’s identity? How did this affect immigrants, African-Americans, and women?
- Do you believe there were long-term effects that these changes had on the economy and American families? Which ones do you believe were beneficial and which ones still provide challenges today?
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