Fall of France (May 1940) and the Battle of Britain



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The United States and World War II

America: Edging Towards War



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As World War II began in Europe with the Fall of France (May 1940) and the Battle of Britain (July 1940), the United States officially remained neutral (Neutrality Acts) but aided Great Britain in its fight against Germany. In the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s territorial expansion (Manchuria, French Indochina) lead to growing tensions with the United States, which peaked when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

* Quick Review: Name and describe three actions that occurred in Europe throughout the 1930s that contributed to the build-up towards World War II.

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* Quick Review: What were the Neutrality Acts? Why did the United States Congress enact this legislation throughout the 1930s?



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* Why would FDR create the Hemispheric Defense Zone?

* What were the results of the Destroyers for Bases Deal?

* Why would FDR want to forge this deal?

* What was the Lend-Lease Act?

* Why would FDR want to forge this deal?

* What was the Atlantic Charter?




Hemispheric Defense Zone” of 1938




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