Hitler 's Influence On The United States During The Pre War Years

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“The German authorities are treating the Jews shamefully and the Jews in this country are greatly excited. But this is also not a governmental affair. We can do nothing except for American citizens who happen to be made victims.” This statement, made by President Franklin Roosevelt, helps to illustrate the complexity of the image of Adolf Hitler in the United States during the pre-war years of 1933 to 1938. Hitler was almost universally viewed in a negative light by Americans, but the severity of the negativity and the actions taken because of the negativity differed among various groups. The three groups who had and formed images of Hitler in America were American citizens, the American press, and the Executive branch of the American government. American citizens were concerned about Hitler, but only because of his anti-Semitic practices, the American press took a while to take the threat of Hitler seriously, but eventually helped to form the negative image of him, and the Executive branch of the American government was wary of Hitler but had its hands tied because of the isolationist attitude that prevailed after World War I. On the whole, American citizens did not view Hitler as a threat to their way of life, the reason for this being the buffer zone that existed between the United States and Europe in the Atlantic Ocean. However, just because Hitler was not feared by American citizens does not mean that they liked him or approved of his policies. Prior to…

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