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Autonomy and Responsibility: Why the United States Entered World War II

World War II was an exceptional war for the United States. The United States emerged from the war as a world superpower and protector of all other nations. There were many reasons why the United States entered World War II, however President Franklin Roosevelt was in some way directly connected to every reason. Roosevelt wanted to enter World War II as soon as it started for political and economic needs. However, the American people did not want to enter in another war, such as World War I, that costs so many lives and money. Therefore, Roosevelt schemed a plan to enter the United States into World War II that would change the minds of the American people, including the direct aiding of Great Britain, the German bombing of a United States warship, and the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

President Franklin Roosevelt was one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. He created economic stability when the United States was suffering through the Great Depression. In his first three months of office, known as the Hundred Days, Roosevelt took immediate action to help the struggling nation.1 "In a period of massive unemployment, a collapsed stock market, thousands of banks closing for lack of liquidity, and agricultural prices fallen below the cost of production," Roosevelt passed a series of relief measures.2 These relief measures, known as the New Deal, provided help for individuals and businesses to prevent bankruptcy. Also, the New Deal is responsible for social security, welfare, and national parks. A further reason why Roosevelt is considered a great president is because he was a good role model for being determined in his...


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...f the New Deal, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1956) pp. 167-174.

2 Daniel Roland Fusfield, p. 167.

3 Arthur Meier Schlesinger, The Age of Roosevelt, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957) p.
43.

4 Arnold A. Offner, America and the Origins of World War II, 1933-1941, (Boston:
Houghton Mifflin, 1971) pp. 98-176.

5 Robert H. Ferrell, America as a World Power, 1872-1945, (New York: Harper & Row
Publishers Inc., 1971), p. 265.

6 Arthur Meier Schlesinger, p. 46.

7 Hamilton Fish, FDR: The Other Side of the Coin, (New York: Vantage Press 1976), pp.
158-59.

8 Hamilton Fish, p. 139.

9 Bruce R. Bartlett, Cover-up: The Politics of Pearl Harbor, (New York: Arlington
House, 1978), pp. 56-87.

10 Arthur Meier Schlesinger, p. 54.

11 Arnold A. Offner, p. 134.

12 Hamilton Fish, p. 133-139.


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