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Against Immediate EvilAmerican Internationalists and the Four Freedoms on the Eve of World War II$
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Andrew Johnstone

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453250

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453250.001.0001

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Blitzkrieg and the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies

Blitzkrieg and the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies

(p.73) Chapter 4 Blitzkrieg and the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies
Against Immediate Evil

Andrew Johnstone

Cornell University Press

This chapter details the formation of the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies (CDAAA) in May 1940. The spring and summer of 1940 saw the debate over American engagement with the war shift from the issue of neutrality to the need to provide aid to those fighting aggression. At Charlottesville, Roosevelt called for Americans to “extend to the opponents of force the material resources of this nation.” As early as April, almost two-thirds of Americans polled expressed a preference for the provision of all possible aid to Britain and France except for troops. By the middle of June, 80 percent of those expressing an opinion approved of Roosevelt's decision to sell American military airplanes to Britain and France. It was in the context of this growing national desire to see greater aid to Britain that the CDAAA was born. The CDAAA achieved a national prominence that no previous internationalist organization had managed. It was the dominant internationalist organization in 1940 and well into 1941 because it focused on an immediate political issue and one that had significant popular support.

Keywords:   European war, military involvement, United States, foreign policy, Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, internationalist organization

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