The Two Faces of the Coin: Roosevelt vs. Mussolini
Democracy alone, of all forms of government, enlists the full force of men's enlightened will...It is the most humane, the most advanced, and, in the end, the most unconquerable of all forms of human society. The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase of human history...We...would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. (PresidentFranklin Delano Roosevelt, Second World War history, in his Third Inauguration Speech, January 20, 1941). World War Two began in September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany following Germany's invasion of Poland. But the cause of the invasion of Poland, was more complex than the acquisition of territory, the reason was that the Treaty of Versailles still affecting the Germanylife style after 20 years that the treaty was signed. The people was unhappy, the economy was decaying, all the nation was in a complete decadency, and this create that the people give the power to the only person that promised to rip up the Treaty of Versailles, so we can said that the principal cause of the WWII was the solution of the WWI. In this essay we strive to comprehend the two viewpoints of each leader, the way they get involved in this conflict, what strategies they applied to this problem and what role they played in the war.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882- 1945) was the 32nd President of the United States. He led the United States through the Great Depression, and the World War II. His legislative program, the New Deal, greatly expanded therole of the federal government in American society; this program helps United States to grow or get stability during the Great Depression. He only served as president of United States four months during the time of the World War II, leading the country through one of the most consequential periods in its history. On April 12th of 1945 Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage, this mean that hedidn´t live long enough to celebrate the Allies´ victory in September of 1945. He died 5 months before the war ends, but during this few months Harry t. Truman got the power of the president of the United States nation, to finally put an end to the war.
Roosevelt was one of America's greatest presidents. He has always been the perfect example of what an American president should be. Depending onthe crisis at hand, Roosevelt undertook whatever corrective steps he thought needed to be taken.
The reason of United States to join to the World War II was Pearl Harbor. Before this attack, the congress and the American people have a view point of “don´t interfere in the war”, instead Roosevelt that he wanted to join. But after the attack, the majority of the congress changed their points ofview and wanted to join to the World War II, but not only the congress changed their views, also the American people wanted to join.
That next day military recruiting offices were full with boys and men ready to join so they could fight the 'Japans'.
All the Americans that wanted to join to the war, was because they want to avenge the deaths of so many American soldiers and to get back atJapan for destroying part of their base. Roosevelt wanted to ally the United States with the Allied Forces, by the reason that this alliance fight against Japan. But they realized that Japan was not the only problem, they noticed that the Hitler´s ´plan for taking over the world, and that when he “finish” with Europe the next target would be United States, so they decided to fight against thatimminent threat. Roosevelt was the one that came up with the saying, "Germany first". He said that because if they stopped Germany the war would finish, because was the one that were creating all the conflicts around the nations; so United States decide to join with Britain and France, because for that both nations were impossible to stop Germany. If Hitler had not declared war on the US, it would...
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