Why did the United States join WW2 so late?

It began in 1939, yet the U.S. died not join until after Pearl Harbor (1941).

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  • 5 years ago
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    The United States back then had isolationist views. We up to that point had not really been given a reason to enter the War. We were supplying Britain with war equipment and ammunition through lend-lease however we were already on the side of the allies through that program. We were just coming out of a bad depression and really it wasn't really that good here with the economy and many people were displaced because of it. And, we had the dust bowl in the southern united states which displaced a lot of people and turned it into a virtual wasteland like desert which was once rich farm land. So, we had a lot of domestic things to deal with here that kept FDR a very busy man just with that, let alone conducting a war. FDR did a great job and was up to it, but it wore him down and out rather quickly and ultimately because of the stress I personally feel, led to his death. He looked so exhausted towards the end. He gave us and the allies everything he/we had and one couldn't have asked for more under the circumstances. So, that would be why I think we didn't.

  • 5 years ago

    Europe had always been at war and the U.S. got through fighting a war with the same players just 20 years before.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The isolation Beliefs was pretty important in America but FDR want to fight aganist Germany but Isolationists were

    too big .

  • 5 years ago

    We were providing material support long before 1941 and we had pilots flying in China.

    • Lv 7
      5 years agoReport

      Canada supplied all we needed Thank you you only sold us what we could afford to Buy

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    they were making so much money without Joining and needed to see who was Going to win before Joining them

    • Lv 7
      5 years agoReport

      http://orientalreview.org/2010/10/06/episodes-5-who-paid-for-world-war-ii/ do you idiots believe all this money from American Run banks was a Bloody Gift it was Loaned to make Profits for its Nazi Loving Share holders

      safe in the USA

  • Japan attacked them first in 1941 because U.S refused to give japan Oil.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    because Obama sucks

    • Will B
      Lv 7
      5 years agoReport

      Obama was born in 1961. WW2 ended in 1945. How does someone who hasn't even born affect this event????

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