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1. Name 4 ways the United States tried to help the war in Europe without actually going to war.

1# U.S. Congress passing the Lend-Lease Act, which enabled the United States to lend and/or lease arms to any country that could be a vital ally to the United States.

#2 U.S. Congress passing the Neutrality Act of 1939, which allowed warring nations to purchase weapons from the United States.

#3 President Roosevelt sending 50 old American destroyers to Britain using a loophole in the provision of the Neutrality Act in what is known as a destroyer-for-bases deal.

#4 President Roosevelt developing the idea of a hemispheric defense zone, which enabled the U.S. Navy to reveal the locations of German submarines to the British.

2. How did Americans at the time feel about going to war?

A: Many Americans were in favor of going to war, for they wanted greater American involvement in World War II by further aiding the Allies. There were other Americans, however, who believed that the United States should not offer even limited assistance to warring countries.

3. What finally made the US go to war?

A: The Japanese attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor finally made the U.S. declare war.

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  1. #1 - good answers

    #2 - Yes. The isolationists were louder or outnumbered those who wanted to get involved, though, especially in Congress.

    #3 - True. Note, too, that Germany declared war on us as soon as we declared war on Japan, so we were in it (Europe and the Pacific), like it or not.

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