• Summary
  • Contents

Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 36. World War II (U.S. Participation, 1941–1945)
Chapter 36. World War II (U.S. Participation, 1941–1945)
At Issue

World War II pitted the rapacious Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—against the Western democracies and the Soviet Union (the Allies) in a struggle over ideology, territory, and (given the racist, genocidal doctrine of German and Japanese leaders) the very right of certain peoples to exist. The United States, already sympathetic to the Allied cause, ...

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