How And Why Did America Enter World War II

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a. Officially America entered World War II in 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th of that year. It is the events prior to this that led the United States into the war.
World War II started on September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany for violating the Treaty of Versailles (Causes of World War II, n.d.). At the time Japan was also aligned with Germany and Italy. It was currently expanding its influence into Asia and the Pacific. The United States was trying, once again to remain neutral and broker for peace through diplomacy, especially in Asia. With the U.S. Congress passing a series of Neutrality Acts from 1935 to 1939 because the thought was loans and trades with allies caused America to enter WWI, this would limit American involvement in the war too (Chambers, 2000). By 1941 things were starting to change. The Japanese seized French lands in Indo-China in July 1941, causing America to freeze all Japanese assets (Causes of World War II, n.d.). This angered the Japanese since they relied heavily on U.S. oil. In September of that year, German submarines fired on American ships, causing Roosevelt to allow U.S. ships to fire on the German Navy in self-defense (Causes of World War II, n.d.). In October the
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It was the events of land seizing and attacking American ships and its forces that brought all this about. It was inevitable giving the situation of the world.
b. Some of the biggest problems to foreign affairs during World War II was idealisms. America, Britain, and Russia were the big three allies. The democratic governments were not found of Marxists ideals of Russia and Stalin’s purges of the 1930s (Jones, 2008, pg. 203). This actually started prior to World War II when Russia made a pact with Nazi Germany and attacked Finland in 1939. Of course the communists Russians did not trust the
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