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One of the most interesting questions an historian can ask is ‘how did radical changes in public and governmental opinion come about in a short period of time?’

This blog sets out to answer those questions as they relate to America’s intervention into World War Two.

The crucial years of 1939-41 saw a radical reversal of policy in the USA, and a growing war of words between Franklin Roosevelt and his Republican rival Wendell Wilkie on the case for intervention to help the British. The American public and the press were divided, significant German and Irish American communities had no love for Britain and other Americans suspected Britain was hoping to fight a war with American dollars, guns and lives to prop up her ailing empire.

This blog is designed to examine all these issues in detail and to create an overall picture of life in America as war loomed closer.
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