The War Of The United States

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“It is the most unsordid act in the history of any nation,” Winston Churchill proclaimed when Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act, giving tens of billions of dollars worth of war materiel and supplies to the enemies of Germany in the Second World War. (Underhill 69). As the democracies of Europe fell to the fascist menace, the USA acted as a final bastion against the Axis, fighting an industrial and economic ‘undeclared war’ from the signing of the Lend-Lease Act on March 11, 1941 to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7 of the same year. The Lend-Lease, in addition to shifting the tide to the favor of the Allies and the Soviet Union, had significant long-term effects - it provided the basis for the Marshall Plan to restore Europe after the war, and thus helped spawn the interventionist policy which the American government used as a basis for several actions, ranging from the Gladio Operation in Italy to the Vietnam War. (Willbanks 56). Therefore, the exploration into the economics and politics of the Lend-Lease Act provided the pathway for the United States to achieve both political and economic dominance in international encounters and exchanges initially in the West and, later, globally. Even before the Lend-Lease Act was passed, the United States was growing to be a bustling industrial power. Emerging from the Great Depression, FDR’s New Deal provided a basis for new economic expansion. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, by

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