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PinkMonkey Study Guide - American History

10. 4 Departure from Neutrality

In an important speech made at Virginia, the President said: "Overwhelmingly we, as a nation, are convinced that military and moral victory for the gods of force and hate would endanger the institution of democracy in the western world, and that equally, therefore, the whole of our sympathies lies with those nations that are giving their life blood in combat against these forces."

The speech was significant as it stated the real purpose of the U.S. On June 14, The French Prime minister, Paul Reynand sent an appeal to save France from fascist forces.


The first step towards American assistance to the allied nations was the "destroyer for bases deal." Britain badly needed more ships to fight Germany’s submarine blockade. So America, under the deal supplied 50 destroyers to Britain. British in return, made gifts of air and naval bases of Bermuda and Newfoundland to America. Moreover, Britain pledged not to surrender to Germany.

The agreement with Britain was a major deviation in the U.S. policy of Isolationism. The elections of 1940 resulted in the re-election of the Democrat candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt to the post of President.

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Table of Contents

10.0 - Chronology of Major Events
10.1 - America Before The Outbrake Of The Second World War
10.2 - German Expansion
10.3 - The US And The War
10.4 - Departure From Neutrality
10.5 - The Land Lease Act
10.6 - The Pearl Harbour Incident
10.7 - Impact Of The War
10.8 - US Diplomacy During The War
10.9 - Conference At Dumberton Oaks
10.10 - The Yalta Conference
10.11 - Points To Remember

Chapter 11





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