American First Committee – The isolationists, both numerous and sincere, were by no means silent. Determined to avoid American bloodshed at all costs, they organized the America First Committee, and contended that America should concentrate what strength it had to defend its own shores, lest a victorious Hitler, after crushing Britian, plot a transoceanic assault. The famed aviator Colonel Charles A Lindbergh led this group. Roosevelt, however, decided to help the British, and on September 2, 1940, he agreed to transfer to Great Britain fifty old-model four-funnel destroyers left over from WWI. In return, the British promised to hand over eight valuable defensive base sites. This highly questionable act was achieved by a simple presidential agreement – so grave was the crisis that the act could not be delayed.