America During Ww II : A Turning Point

1299 Words May 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Sarah Chi
Turner
U. S. History
2 May 2016
America in WW II: A Turning Point
“Lots of things wrong with America, but Hitler ain’t going to fix them,” American GI and heavyweight Joe Louis once said in a 1942 interview about his choice to enlist in the army (Berkow). He was right. In the 1940s, America was in a slump; but, it was also the turning point for the start of a more prosperous era. In 1941, the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor, “a date which will live in infamy,” and catalyzed a series of events that led to the initiation of America’s entrance into World War II- a war that healed and revolutionized the nation ("World War”). America’s greatest success in the 20th century was its entrance and participation in World War II because for the first time: America was able to rebound from the Great Depression, women were given the opportunity to be strong and independent figures on the home front, and the nationwide mobilization established America as a global superpower.
Initially, when WW II first broke out in Europe in 1939, America chose the path of the neutral bystander. America was warped in isolationism due to the horrors of WWI that had claimed 38 millions lives in total (“World War”). Additionally, the Great Depression had raised unemployment levels from 8 million people to 15 million ("The Great Depression (1929-1939)"). As war raged on across the Atlantic Ocean, Nazi Germany spliced and squandered its neighboring countries. Germany was allied with Japan and…
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