Prepus history Unit 8 wwii and Beyond


Roosevelt’s Internationalism



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Roosevelt’s Internationalism

Despite the government’s stand on neutrality, President Roosevelt supported internationalism, the idea that trade between nations creates prosperity and helps prevent war. He warned that the neutrality acts “might drag us into war instead of keeping us out,” but he did not veto the bills. When Japan invaded China in July 1937 without declaring war, Roosevelt claimed the Neutrality Act of 1937 did not apply. He authorized the sale of weapons to China, warning that the nation should not let an “epidemic of lawlessness” infect the world:


There is no escape through mere isolation or neutrality. . . . When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community . . . joins in a quarantine of the patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread of the disease. . . . War is a contagion, whether it be declared or undeclared.”

~ from The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt






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