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From the Great War to the Good War

From the Great War to the Good War

The road from World War I to World War II. The mythology of isolationism, limiting Jewish immigration, and FDR's strategy to involve the USA.


Spiro Bolos

May 12, 2022

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  1. From the Great War To the Good War

  2. “Your boys are not going to be sent into any

    foreign wars.” October 30, 1940
  3. The Mythology of Isolationism 1918 - 1941

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  5. Economic Objective$ > FP

  6. stability

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  10. Dawes Plan 1924

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  13. $33B

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  18. 1918-1920

  19. 1918-1920

  20. 5000 7000 1918-1920

  21. 1900-1933

  22. 1900-1933

  23. 4x 2x 6x 4x 2x 7x 1x 1900-1933

  24. ½ finances = US Control 1924

  25. ½ US steel & cotton exports 1935

  26. “Good Neighbor Policy” 1933-34

  27. Isolationism vs Interventionism

  28. Nye Committee 1934

  29. Nye Committee 1934 War profiteers = “Merchants of Death”

  30. Ludlow “amendment” Women’s Peace Union (WPU)

  31. Neutrality Acts 1935, 1936, 1937

  32. Neutrality Acts ARMS, LOANS, PASSENGERS

  33. America First Committee (AFC)

  34. America First Committee (AFC)

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  36. 1)The United States must build an invulnerable national defense. 2)No

    foreign power, nor group of powers, can successfully attack an America that is prepared. 3)American democracy can be preserved only by keeping out of the war in Europe. 4)“Aid short of war” weakens national defense at home and threatens to involve America in war abroad.
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  39. “We must limit to a reasonable amount the Jewish influence….Whenever

    the Jewish percentage of total population becomes too high, a reaction seems to invariably occur. It is too bad because a few Jews of the right type are, I believe, an asset to any country.”
  40. Limiting Jewish Immigration

  41. ASS Breckenridge Long

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  45. Deceit and Indifference

  46. The Road to American Involvement

  47. FDR’s role

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  49. Chicago: October 5, 1937

  50. “It is true that the moral consciousness of the world

    must recognize the importance of removing injustices and well-founded grievances; but at the same time it must be aroused to the cardinal necessity of honoring sanctity of treaties, of respecting the rights and liberties of others and of putting an end to acts of international aggression.
  51. It seems to be unfortunately true that the epidemic of

    world lawlessness is spreading.
  52. It is my determination to pursue a policy of peace.

    It is my determination to adopt every practicable measure to avoid involvement in war. When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community approves and joins in a quarantine of the patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread of the disease.”
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  55. Munich Conference, 1938

  56. “appeasement”

  57. October, 1938

  58. “War of the Worlds”

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  60. Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, 1939

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  62. September, 1940

  63. 1917

  64. 500,000 rifles

  65. 80,000 machine guns

  66. 900 field guns

  67. 130,000,000 ammo rounds

  68. Lend-Lease Act January, 1941

  69. “Suppose my neighbor’s home catches fire, and I have a

    length of garden hose four or five hundred feet away. If he can take my garden hose and connect it up with his hydrant, I may help him to put out his fire...I don’t say to him before that operation, ‘Neighbor, my garden hose cost me $15; you have to pay me $15 for it’.... I don’t want $15 — I want my garden hose back after the fire is over.”
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  71. “Once it had been used, you didn’t want it back.”

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  74. U.S.S. Greer

  75. September, 1941

  76. September, 1941

  77. December 7, 1941