31 Oct 41: The USS destroyer REUBEN JAMES is sunk by German U-boat U-552, killing 100 of her crew. This is the first US naval casualty between Germany and the United States. Although this tragedy does not push either to declare war, it effectively scraps the US Neutrality Acts. #WWII
World War II: Agreements Prior to War This is a 2-page document-analysis activity in which students read and answer questions related to several agreements made prior to World War II. The agreements include: The Dawes Plan, The Young Plan, Washington Naval Disarmament Conference Five Power Treaty, Kellogg-Briand Pact, The League of Nations, Neutrality Acts
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT signs the "Neutrality Act", or Senate Joint Resolution No. 173, which he calls an "expression of the desire...to avoid any action which might involve [the U.S.] in war." The signing came at a time when newly installed fascist governments in Europe were beginning to beat the drums of war. In a public statement that day, Roosevelt said . . . . - -August 31, 1935 (SEE: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-signs-neutrality-act.)
The Neutrality Acts of the 1930s were an American trend towards isolationism. This helped and disrupted the Good Neighbor Policy by President Roosevelt. Mandated by Congress, it led the Americas to believe that the U.S. would not interfere with their internal struggles. It also made it difficult to directly supply regimes in American Countries with arms as the Neutrality Acts strictly prohibited it, which had been a way for the U.S. to control some governments especially in Latin America.
Solemnly promising the nation his utmost effort to keep the country neutral, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown as he addressed the nation by radio from the White House in Washington, Sept. 3, 1939. In the years leading up to the war, the U.S. Congress passed several Neutrality Acts, pledging to stay (officially) out of the conflict.
In this 22 page power-point (3 student worksheets and STEP BY STEP Teacher Directions Included), you will have everything you need to conduct a lesson on the progression of U.S. involvement in WWII.(i.e. the Neutrality Acts, FDR speeches and Fireside Chats, Four Freedom Speech and more...) At the conclusion of this lesson your students will be able to answer the following question, using primary source evidence: “To what extent was the U.S. involved in WWII BEFORE the bombing of Pearl…
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