The 's Attack On Pearl Harbor Essay

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World War II officially began on September 1st, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, but the United States didn 't join the war until Japan 's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 11th (Pearson, 684). Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Congress passed the Neutrality Acts, which restricted trade with nations at war, this act was created to keep the U.S. out of the war that didn 't directly affect the country. One of the policies of the Neutrality Acts was "cash and carry", this policy allowed a warring nation to purchase non-war related goods as long as the goods were paid for in cash and were carried by their own ship (Pearson, 687). Other countries also tried to remain peaceful, Britain and France tried to negotiate with Germany rather than mobilizing their armies after the Versailles Treaty was broken. In 1938, Britain and France agree to allow Germany to occupy the Sudetenland (Pearson, 687). This passive approach made Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Germany at the time, believe that the Western Countries were too weak to oppose him. The United States were considering joining the war but many citizens torn between staying out of the war and stopping Hitler. In a public poll taken in 1939, 84 percent of Americans supported the Allies and only 2 percent supported German views (Pearson, 688). Later in the progression of the war, the United States decided to a policy known as the Lend-Lease. This policy loaned weapons to Britain rather than selling the weapons,…

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