At the beginning, the United States expressed the determination toremain a neutral nation. When W.W.II began, opinions among the Americans weredivided.
Some felt that the Nazi Germany was not only a threat to Europe anddemocracy, but to civilization itself. Other believed that Europe’s wars wereno affairs of the U.S.As the war progressed, the U.S.
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found itself getting involved. Theyfelt sympathy for the British after what happened at Dunkirk. They startedhelping G.
B. with weapons and food. 50 old American naval destroyers were sentto Britain. Now it was clear the U.S.
were on the Allies side but they stillweren’t physically involved in the big war.On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on theAmerican naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Their aim was to strike such asevere blow that the U.S. would not rival the Japanese in the Pacific(boy werethey wrong or what). American ships were sunk or badly damaged. American deadtotaled over 2,300. The United States weren’t going to take that from theJapanese and on December 8, 1941, congress declared war on Japan and so did theBritish Parliament.
Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war on theU.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.