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Franklin Roosevelt

Summarize Franklin Roosevelt’s description of an economic quarantine of another nation. Then, explain why Roosevelt believes this will benefit the United States. Again, pretend you do not know about World War II. Finally, do you agree with Roosevelt?

Some considerations that might guide your approach to this assignment:

These events are taking place less than 20 years after the end of WWI, people remembered the destruction
Many of the political leaders during the 1930s had participated in WWI, they knew what war was

A book published in the early 1930s “War is a Racket!” convinced many that the bankers and weapons manufacturers of the US promoted World War I in order to make profits
The Great Depression continued to drive high unemployment rates at home, businesses needed to stay afloat
The Great Depression affected international trade, no one wanted to cut off a business opportunity by refusing to sell goods to an aggressor nation