Chapter 28: The United States in World War Two
In this lecture you will learn about the involvement of the United States in World War II. You will learn why the story became basically a reprise of our involvement in World War I, this time on a much larger scale, and with much more lethality and many more casualties. You'll discover, as well, how and why the winning strategy had to be as simple and straightforward as it had been the first time, even though the strategy itself had to be different. And you will get the details of the strategy (actually two strategies, because the war had to be fought in both Europe and Asia at the same time). You'll learn why President Roosevelt had to sell American involvement in the war to the American people, just like President Wilson had in World War I, even though the consequences of not getting involved this time were clearly catastrophic for the United States in the long run, and might even extinguish the historic traditions of Western Civilization. You will discover why American war planners chose to actually help Joseph Stalin survive the unstoppable onslaught of the German invasion of his country, even though Stalin's murderous Communist regime was committed to destroying the United States if and when the opportunity arose to do so after the war. You will learn why the American people kept electing Franklin Roosevelt to the Presidency long after his two traditional terms had expired, in spite of FDR's deteriorating health. Finally, you will learn why American victory in World War II, not just the allied victory, set the stage upon which Americans would play a new role in world history, now as the undisputed hegemon in the community of nations. This file is 1 hr in length and 56 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.