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The Difficult Decision For The United States To Enter World War Two

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Entering the war was a tough decision for political leaders during the 1930s. There were many different opinions from a variety of people. Many americans didn’t want to join the war because of what happened during World War One. Many Americans lost loved ones, during World War One and did not want to go through losing more family members again. Also there was a various amount of people saying that the war did not connect with them. Since the war was happening in Europe, the American people could not hear what was going on in Europe since technology was not as advanced as it is now. Also many young men did not want to join the war because they knew it would be them fighting in Europe (Angry). As all these reason are valid, but they all changed on December 7, 1941, the day that will live in infamy. When Pearl Harbor got bombed the opinions changed about going into the war. The feelings about entering the war was not to join at first, but with the influence of other people and also when Japan bombed America it all changed.
As the many of the Americans wanted not to get involved in the war. There were some that wanted to get involved and stop the Axis Powers. President Roosevelt knew it was inevitable to join the war. The President had to convince Congress that America should join the effort to help stop Germany. President Roosevelt had his work cut out for him because the majority of Congress were isolationists. They wanted to not get involved and just have the war be in Europe. The President did not want Germany or Japan to have a world power and control of Europe. Also the President knew that Hitler couldn’t be trusted because time after time Hitler proved that he was a liar. When he promised Great Britain and America that he wouldn't invade any more countries after he took over Sudetenland. Then proving that Hitler wasn’t trustworthy, he broke his promise and invaded more countries after America and Great Britain told Hitler to stop. Another example, is the ten year pact that Hitler made to Stalin. A pact that they agreed upon to not invade each other’s countries. After a short amount of time Hitler betrayed Stalin and invaded Russia (American). These were all signs that Hitler needed to be stopped before Hitler came and attacked on American soil. President Roosevelt knew it was time to intervene it was just a challenge to convince Congress and change Americans’ opinions about entering the war.
As President Roosevelt knew that entering the war was inevitable there was a need for a strong army and plenty of soldiers to enter Europe. For meeting this demand it called for The Selective Service Act of 1940. This act required all U.S citizens that are male to register for the military draft (Franklin). President Roosevelt knew that Hitler wanted to conquer all of the world. If Hitler wanted to complete his mission he needed to come and attack America at some point or another. Moreover, President Roosevelt had to have troops ready if and when...

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