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Extra info for 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election amid the Storm
No—and yes. ” As assistant secretary of the navy, he had observed war for himself on French and Belgian battlefields. In Chautauqua he remembered that summer of 1918. “I have seen blood running from the wounded,” he said. “I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. ” No act of his administration, he promised, as if holding up a pacifist banner, would produce or promote war. Still, though he had just strengthened the isolationist cause, he injected a note of realism by reminding Americans that uncertainty always reigned.
After a pause, one of the reporters spoke up. ’ ” “Yes,” said the president, “that is true. I had that in mind but forgot it. . ” With the help of that friendly reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer, he had hammered out what would become the key themes of his Four Freedoms address in the winter of 1941. 106 Little did Roosevelt know that his characterization of the Nazi ideology was an understatement. In May 1940, the German minister of agriculture, Richard-Walther Darré, had given a speech to high Nazi officials in Berlin, in which he outlined the vision and goals of the Reich.
Then he outlined his policy. America was simultaneously pursuing two courses of action. ” There would be no slowdowns and no detours.
1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election amid the Storm by Susan Dunn