America's actions as World War II breaks out in Europe and Japan attacks China in Asia
United States USA Date:1941 Duration:4 min 13 sec Sound:Yes
Americans in bed listen to radio announcing beginning of World War 2 in Europe. French troops deploying to Maginot Line fortresses and firing their heavy guns. German heavy artillery firing. A rail gun firing. Pollsters gather American opinions about the war.Congress convenes in Special session. President Roosevelt requests changes in Neutrality Act. Senator Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota argues against and Senator Elbert D. Thomas (Utah) argues for changes. Pollsters seek American's opinions. U.S. Congress ends arms embargo. The SS American Farmer (United States Lines) underway. Animated map of Asia and views of Japanese forces bombarding China. Chinese civilians fleeing bombardment. Japanese soldiers executing two Chinese men. Dead Chinese civilians. American housewife being asked opinion about Chinese-Japanese conflict. Japanese ships load U.S. scrap iron, as some Americans protest. Dean Acheson, Assistant Secretary of State explaining U.S. law and decision to stop all exports to Japan in Summer 1941.
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