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Date_____ Page____ Title: The U.S. Enters the War. Timeline of U.S. Involvement in WWII 1935-March 1939. Marhc 1941 – Lend-Lease Act passed – diminished the laws; allowed president to lend weapons and materials to defend nations vital to U.S. security.

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Date page title the u s enters the war

Date_____ Page____Title: The U.S. Enters the War


Timeline of U.S. Involvement in WWII

1935-March 1939

Marhc 1941 – Lend-Lease Act passed – diminished the laws; allowed president to lend weapons and materials to defend nations vital to U.S. security

1937 – Third Neutrality Act passed – allowed president to restrict nonmunitions sales to a “cash-and-carry” basis

1935 – First Neutrality Act passed – banned shipment of war materials to belligerents

1936 – Second Neutrality Act passed – banned loans to belligerents

1939 – Fourth Neutrality Act passed – banned U.S. ships from carrying goods or passengers to belligerent ports but allowed U.S. sales of munitions on a “cash-and-carry” basis


Timeline of U.S. Involvement in WWII

July 1941-December 7, 1941

July 1941 – to stop Japanese advance in SE Asia, sent aid to strengthen Chinese resistance; cut off oil shipments to Japan when they overran French Indochina

September 4, 1941 – German U-Boat fired on U.S. destroyer in Atlantic; Roosevelt orders navy commanders to shoot German subs on sight; beginning of undeclared naval war with Hitler

December 7, 1941 – Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

August 1941 – Churchill and Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter – upheld free trade among nations and right of people to choose own gov’t

July-December 1941 – Japanese continue their conquests – plan massive attacks on British and Dutch colonies in SE Asia and American outposts in Pacific at same time


Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said that Pearl Harbor was “a dagger pointed at [Japan’s] throat” and must be destroyed.




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