The Policy Of Neutrality During World War II

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On September 5, at its outset, the United States declared and maintained its policy of neutrality in the Second World War. Following ongoing atrocities committed by the Axis powers, however, President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to limit their strength by freezing their U.S. assets and restricting trade of certain goods. Soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Congress unanimously declared war on Japan. Days later, the rest of the Axis powers, including Nazi Germany, Italy, and their smaller European partners, declared war on us, placing the U.S. firmly at the center of the conflict and giving us a pivotal role in ending it. It was a war that irreversibly changed the course of history, changing our nation as a whole in the process; our involvement in World War II forced us to transform our approach to world affairs and foreign relations. From its foundation, the U.S. favored neutrality and isolationism in global affairs. We were successful in upholding this policy in the many years prior to World War II, and even as war broke out in Europe and around the world, President Roosevelt insisted that the U.S. should stay out of the conflict. In a 1940 campaign speech regarding the war, Roosevelt is famous for saying, “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again: your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars,” (history.co.uk). Strict Neutrality Acts were passed by Congress in affirmation of this policy, imposing a general embargo on warring
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