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U s entering wwii

1. Why did the U.S. get involved in the war?

1. At the beginning, the United States expressed the

determination to remain a neutral nation. When W.W.II

began, opinions among the Americans were divided. Some felt

that the Nazi Germany was not only a threat to Europe and

democracy, but to civilization itself. Other believed that

Europe's wars were no affairs of the U.S.

As the war progressed, the U.S. found itself getting

involved. They felt sympathy for the British after what

happened at Dunkirk. They started helping G.B. with weapons

and food. 50 old American naval destroyers were sent to

Britain. Now it was clear the U.S. were on the Allies side

but they still weren't physically involved in the big war.

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise

attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Their aim was to strike such a severe blow that the U.S.

would not rival the Japanese in the Pacific(boy were they

wrong or what). American ships were sunk or badly damaged.

American dead totaled over 2,300. The United States weren't

going to take that from the Japanese and on December 8,

1941, congress declared war on Japan and so did the British

Parliament. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared

war on the U.S., and the congress replied with its own

declaration of war. At this time, the United States of

America were full-fledged belligerent in World War II.

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