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America Enters the War

These resources explain the issues that the United States faced at the beginning of the 21st century. Use these resources to help students compare and contrast issues at the beginning of the 21st century to those of the mid-2010s. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • What reasons did the United States have for taking an isolationist and neutral stance at the beginning of World War II?
  • What was the cash and carry policy? Does this policy support the United States' neutral stance?
  • What were some signs of early Japanese aggression? Why did the Japanese premier Tojo Hideki decide to attack Pearl Harbor?


  1. Overview: America Enters the War
  2. Visuals: America Enters the War (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Isolation and Neutrality
  7. Lesson: 2-America Pulled to the Brink
  8. Lesson: 3-Pearl Harbor
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Photos & Illustrations: World War II: attack on Pearl Harbor
  11. Photos & Illustrations: World War II: D-Day (Battle of Normandy)
  12. Facts & Figures: World War II: American Output of War Matériel
  13. Reference Articles: D-Day Invasion
  14. Reference Articles: Pearl Harbor Attack
  15. Reference Articles: World War II, 1939–1945
  16. Reference Articles: World War II
  17. Reference Articles: America First Committee
  18. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Roosevelt, Franklin D.: "Day of Infamy" speech (page one)
  19. Political, Government & Court Documents: Lend-Lease Act (1941, excerpt)
  20. Political, Government & Court Documents: Neutrality Act (1939)
  21. Speeches: Roosevelt, Franklin D.: War Message to Congress (1941)

MLA Citation

"America Enters the War." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153069?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153069

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