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1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election amid the by Susan Dunn

By Susan Dunn

In 1940, opposed to the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, farsighted applicants for the U.S. presidency—Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, operating for an exceptional 3rd time period, and gifted Republican businessman Wendell Willkie—found themselves at the protecting opposed to American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman Charles Lindbergh, who known as for hand over to Hitler's calls for. during this dramatic account of that turbulent and consequential election, historian Susan Dunn brings to lifestyles the debates, the high-powered avid gamers, and the dawning know-how of the Nazi risk because the presidential applicants engaged of their personal conflict for supremacy.
1940 not in simple terms explores the competition among FDR and Willkie but in addition examines the most important arrangements for battle that went ahead, even in the middle of that divisive election season. The booklet tells an inspiring tale of the triumph of yankee democracy in a global reeling from fascist barbarism, and it bargains a compelling substitute situation to today’s hyperpartisan political enviornment, the place universal flooring turns out unattainable.

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After a pause, one of the reporters spoke up. ’ ” “Yes,” said the president, “that is true. I had that in mind but forgot it. . ” With the help of that friendly reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer, he had hammered out what would become the key themes of his Four Freedoms address in the winter of 1941. 106 Little did Roosevelt know that his characterization of the Nazi ideology was an understatement. In May 1940, the German minister of agriculture, Richard-Walther Darré, had given a speech to high Nazi officials in Berlin, in which he outlined the vision and goals of the Reich.

59 In April 1939, FDR wrote a conciliatory message to Hitler and Mussolini, suggesting a ten-year guarantee of peace for Europe in return for American cooperation in talks on trade and armaments. The president fully realized that his message was hardly likely to spur an agreement, but it was a safe bet that Hitler’s rejection of it would smoke out his ruthlessness and mendacity and reveal his brazen belligerence. Visiting Mussolini in Rome, Hermann Goering, the supreme commander of the German air force, saw the letter and advised the Duce not to bother to answer it.

As he tightly gripped the rostrum, reporters could see the whiteness of his knuckles. ” Assailing the isolationist reverie of untroubled detachment from the wars in Europe, he pointed out that the world had entered a new age of air power and surprise bombing raids. Impregnable fortifications no longer existed. Not even the vast reaches of the 38 Walking on Eggs Atlantic and Pacific oceans could protect the American continent. No longer could the United States be considered invulnerable. From the fjords of Greenland, a Danish colony at risk of Nazi invasion, it was only hours by air to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and New England.

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