This discussion addresses the following outcome:
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- Examine the evolution of US foreign policy from neutrality to support of Britain and the Allies in World War II, and the US public’s reaction.
Before beginning this discussion, make sure to read the Module Notes and Chapter 24: “World War II” in The American Yawp. In addition, view the excerpt “American Isolationism” 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 Lindbergh’s speech.
Consider world events in the early 1940s, and then compare Roosevelt’s warnings with Lindbergh’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 “warnings” about foreign affairs given by President Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh?
- What do you think would be the public’s reaction to each person’s speech, and why?