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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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Deliver the Goods and Fight for Freedom

Deliver the Goods and Fight for Freedom

(p.130) Chapter 7 Deliver the Goods and Fight for Freedom
Against Immediate Evil

Andrew Johnstone

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the creation of the interventionist organization, Fight for Freedom committee in April 1941. The passage of the Lend-Lease Act in March confirmed that the United States was willing to provide all possible material aid to Britain and any other allies fighting against the fascist aggression of Germany, Italy, and Japan. However, it did not mean the end of debate over the nature of America's relationship to the war; it merely changed the issues being considered. Rather than whether or not the United States should aid Britain, the main issue became about how that aid should reach Britain. Much of the popular debate in March and April of 1941 focused on the issue of convoying. For one group of internationalists, however, there was little point in arguing over convoying as it missed the bigger picture: the United States was already effectively at war. Evolving from the Century Group into a formal national organization, the Fight for Freedom committee argued that in acting as the arsenal of democracy the United States was already at war, that it was cowardly to suggest otherwise, and that further action was required immediately to keep Britain alive.

Keywords:   Fight for Freedom committee, American internationalists, internationalist, interventionist organization, United States, foreign policy

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