The U.S. and the Approach of World War II 



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The Views of FDR: 

  • Before 1937, FDR was a firm _____________________. 
  • After 1937, he became aware of the threat to U.S. security due to the _____________ incident: An American warship was bombed while on the Yangtze R. in ___________. Secretary of State Cordell Hull demanded an apology from the Japanese and got it. 

America Moves Toward War: 

  • FDR calls for peace in a special session of ______________, but also asks for increased defenses. Congress sets aside $1 Billion. 
  • FDR tried to get the dictators to stop the __________________ with personal messages. Hitler joked about the message in the German ___________________. 
  • FDR also used the ____________   ___________________ and ___________________   ___________________ to protect the Western Hemisphere. The Neutrality Acts were _______________ in 1939 to set ups "Zone of Defense" around the America. 

Word Bank

Monroe Doctrine
Roosevelt Corollary


[Events in Europe 1919-1939]   [Before America's Entry]   [America Reacts]   [Moving Towards War]  
[WW2 Begins in Europe]   [Identifications]   [Matching Activity]   [Key Terms]
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