american involvement pre-ww2

  • Hemisphere Defense act

    Hemisphere Defense act
    The goal of the United States at Lima was to secure the adoption of a "hemispheric foreign policy," and Secretary of State Cordell Hull succeeded in obtaining unanimous adherence to a declaration that "affirmed the intention of the American Republics to help one another in case of a foreign attack either direct or indirect on any one of them.10 The Declaration of Lima became the cornerstone for later negotiations to insure the political, economic, and military cooperation of the Latin Americans.
  • cash and carry

    cash and carry
    was a policy recommend by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a special session of the U.S. Congress on 21 September 1939, as World War II was spreading throughout Europe. It replaced the Neutrality Acts of 1936. The revision allowed the sale of stuff to belligerents, as long as the recipients arranged for the transport using their own ships and paid immediately in cash, assuming all risk in transportation. The purpose was to hold neutrality between the United States and European countries.
  • Destroyers for Bases Agreement

    Destroyers for Bases Agreement
    The Destroyers for Bases Agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom, September 2, 1940, transferred fifty destroyers from the United States Navy in exchange for land rights on British possessions. The destroyers became the Town class
  • Lend-lease act

    Lend-lease act
    In July 1940, after Britain had sustained the loss of 11 destroyers to the German Navy over a 10-day period, newly elected British Prime Minister Winston Churchill requested help from President Roosevelt. Roosevelt responded by exchanging 50 destroyers for 99-year leases on British bases in the Caribbean and Newfoundland. As a result, a major foreign policy debate erupted over whether the United States should aid Great Britain or maintain strict neutrality.
  • Atlantic Charter

    Atlantic Charter
    The Atlantic Charter was an agreement between the United States of America and Great Britain that established the vision of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill for a post-World War II world.