The Good War

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War is most often associated, even synonymized, with words such as chaos, strife, and brutality. The mere threat of warfare can spread fear like wildfire throughout an entire nation. Although at first the American people chose to ignore the problems rising in Europe and Asia during the 1930’s, preferring to support Isolationism despite the protests of President Roosevelt, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor caused the American citizens to change their minds about involvement in the war. But, even with the threat of foreign invasions and nuclear warfare dangling over their heads, the American people seemed to recall World War Two as a fond memory, giving it the nickname “The Good War”. This nickname is seemingly unfitting, considering the millions of civilian and soldier lives, both Allied and enemy, that were lost during the war, until taking into account how well the United States fared from the war. World War Two had much more success in pulling America out of the Great Depression than any of the New Deal programs ever had, and also established America as a nation that could not be rivaled by any other. The unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor forced Roosevelt’s hand, giving him no other option than to join Britain and France in the war against Japan, and therefore, Germany. Because the nation has been previously unwilling to join the Allied forces, declaring war required a rapid turn around in wartime production. When the war first began, the government did not trust that factories and manufacturers would cooperate with the demands of war, as many companies were still struggling through the effects of the Great Depression.1 To promote assistance for the war, Roosevelt signed the Cost-Plus Contracts, promising factories that t... ... middle of paper ... ... more deaths than World War Two could have ever had. Despite the questionable ethics America showed at the end of the war, “The Good War” describes the American perspective of World War Two much more accurately than the usual adjectives used to describe war. With limited attacks on United States soil, and an Allied victory that led to the end of economic crisis in America, it is not surprising that the American people enjoyed the war. The end of “The Good War” marked the beginning of a new era in America. Economic relief from the war freed America from the Great Depression, but the war was about much more than money. It was about the new American philosophy of protecting those who needed the protection of a nation that had proved to be superior. World War Two changed our nation forever, ultimately leading to the betterment of our government, economy, and culture.
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