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In 1935 the first neutrality act was passed which meant that America would not be allowed to sell weapons to warring nations In 1939 Americans steered clear of the war that broke out in Europe Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first and only president elected to three terms He answered all critics with Abraham Lincolns slogan Dont change horses in midstream He was nominated to his third term in 1940 Shortly afterward in March of 1941 Congress passed the Lend-Lease Act which allowed us to sell or lend war materials to any country whose survival was vital to the defense of the United States America was slowly getting involved with the war On December 7 1941 everything changed Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu was attacked and heavily bombed by the Japanese The next day Roosevelt Congress and the American people declared war on both Japan and Germany World War II was already two years old when America entered the war Even though Japan was conquering bits and pieces of Asia that was not FDRs main concern He was more worried about Hitlers advance through Europe By 1940 Germany had taken over Holland and France FDR felt that if he waited any longer it would be too late to protect the rest of EuropeAt the end of 1941 the United States faced a tremendous task America had to change its economy into making goods for the war It was also crucial for America to build up its armed forces The draft was created Over 10 Million men were drafted Another six million men and women enlisted Even though the war would be fought in many distant places victory depended on the war effort at home During the war women were encouraged to take jobs They were able to gain better pay than ever before The war also changed fashion Instead of wearing skirts many women began to wear trousers Many
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