The Rise and Fall of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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CHAPTER 11. LEND LEASE

“It [Lend Lease] is the most unsordid act in the history of
any nation.”

—Winston Churchill

“Lend Lease will plow under every fourth American boy.”

—Sen. Burton K. Wheeler, Montana

_____________________

In 1941 the population in the U.S. stood at 132,000,000—a quarter of whom still lived on farms—a typical farm family earning an income of $1500 per year. The average citizen had left school after the eighth grade. Although the number was creeping up, fewer than 17% of American women were working outside the home. One of the most successful measures of the New Deal had been the Rural Electrification Act passed by Congress in May, 1935. An executive order made possible by this Act had brought electricity to thousands of farm families, yet six years later three out of every four were still lit by kerosene lamps. One out of every five Americans had an automobile, and one out of seven a telephone. Prices were still low: a hot dog cost a nickel; movie admission twenty cents, most magazines from the local drug store a dime, and a brand new automobile could be bought for $750.

Most travelers went by train, and the new diesels were fast and luxurious. Road beds were maintained so that passengers in sleeper berths could really rest, and during the night an attendant would shine whatever shoes were laid outside the berths. Meals on such trains were well

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Table of Contents xiii
  • Foreword 1
  • Chapter 1- Europe after the First World War 3
  • Chapter 2- America’s Great Depression 11
  • Chapter 3- Franklin Roosevelt- The Early Years 17
  • Chapter 4- FDR- Emerging Politician 23
  • Chapter 5- Seizing the Crown 27
  • Chapter 6- Advisors and Aides 31
  • Chapter 7- FDR- First Media President 39
  • Chapter 8- Supreme Court Imbroglio 43
  • Chapter 9- Europe’s War–1939 53
  • Chapter 10- Third Term 59
  • Chapter 11- Lend Lease 69
  • Chapter 12- Intervention or Isolation 77
  • Chapter 13- Barbarossa 91
  • Chapter 14- Troubled Waters 101
  • Chapter 15- Americana 1941 109
  • Chapter 16- The Labor Front 113
  • Chapter 17- From Marriage to Alliance 119
  • Chapter 18- Empire of the Rising Sun 127
  • Chapter 19- Atlantic Charter 133
  • Chapter 20- Enter the Scientists 141
  • Chapter 21- Undeclared War 1941 147
  • Chapter 22- Russia- The Enigma 153
  • Chapter 23- Japan- Expansion and Perfidy 161
  • Chapter 24- Infamy 171
  • Chapter 25- FDR- A Reckoning 179
  • Bibliography 195
  • Notes 199
  • Index 209
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