Roosevelt’s presidency began in much the same way Wilson’s had --- an isolationist sentiment in america growing in response to rising european hostilities. Americans again saw Europe as a vast, backwards “other” which they had risen above and with which they no longer had to concern themselves, and they saw Wilson’s failed League of Nations as antithetical to American values (Kissinger 372). There still existed popular support of disarmament treaties and statements o...
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... sought to prepare America to enter the war directly. Unlike Wilson, who delayed the build up of the American military force until after a formal declaration of war, Roosevelt began to increase defence spending almost four years before the United States would enter into the war. He wanted to turn the United States into an arsenal of democracy through which he could spread the values of the country to the world (Kissinger 388). Here it was that Wilson and Roosevelt differed: Wilson advocating for complete disarmament and Roosevelt advocating for the building of an arsenal. The Lend-Lease Act of 1941 allowed him to disseminate this arsenal freely to the Allied nations. He reasoned that “without massive American help … Great Britain would fall and control of the Atlantic would fall into hostile hands, jeopardizing the security of the western hemisphere” (Kissinger 388).
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