Why did America decide to join allies instead of the axis powers?
- 7 months ago
mericans spoke ingrish then they did german..
- FoofaLv 78 months ago
The simple answer is that we were attacked by an Axis power. Had the British or the Soviets bombed Pearl Harbor we may have entered WWII on the other side.
- ChrisLv 68 months ago
It was a close call, actually. One of the disturbing things about real history that gets swept under the carpet. There were German-American Bund Groups that marched wearing swastika armbands and a group in Los Angeles called the Silver Shirts (see Steven J. Ross's book, "Hitler in Los Angeles") which wanted the US to go into the war on Hitler's side. The Bund Groups did marches like the Charlottesville March in Montauk, Yaphank, and Manhattan, New York. JFK's father, Senator Joe Kennedy, was the US Ambassador to Great Britain prior to the Second World War, and was pro-Nazi;in fact, the Kennedy Family still will not publish Senator Joe's writings. The US Ambassador Dodd in Germany was just starting to make President Roosevelt aware of the beginnings of the Holocaust or Genocide of the Jews there but a lot of the American diplomatic corps were racists who wanted to side with Hitler and the Nazis. There were Americans in favour of Eugenics who were sterilising members of ethnic minorities and wanted to take it further. Even Ford, the famous automobile manufacturer, was an anti-Semite. IBM even manufactured the card-sorting machine (an early computer) which selected the intended victims of the Holocaust. America was really on the brink and could have gone either way when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour in 1941. And that was what swung America towards deciding to join the Allies instead of the Axis.
- MarkLv 78 months ago
Ever heard of Pearl Harbour? Would YOU join up with an aggressive enemy who just killed over 2000 people?
Not to mention, even before the US entered WW II, it was already supplying Canada and the UK with arms and vehicles.Source(s): Logic
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- AnnonymousLv 68 months ago
From another Yahoo answer, and is a good summary.....
1. In Asia, Japan invades southern and eastern China. Japan sinks the Panay, a U.S. gunboat patrolling on the Yangtze River in China. Japan apologizes to the U.S. and offers to pay $2 million for the boat, and the U.S. agrees. President Roosevelt gives his “ quarantine speech” where he says that the free nations of the world must quarantine the aggressor nations and stop them.
2. Hitler keeps invading in Europe. He captures Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and France. When France surrenders, the U.S. realizes that only England stands between Hitler’s total control of Europe. Roosevelt responds by calling on Americans to come to England’s aid. Some Americans resist and form the America First Committee that calls for the U.S. not to get involved in the war in Europe. But America begins to gear up for war. Hitler starts attacking Britain with heavy air attacks, bombing London and the surrounding areas day after day. The U.S. begins the first peace-time draft of soldiers who begin training. Roosevelt agrees to give Britain 50 destroyers (war ships) in exchange for several naval bases. For the first time ever, the U.S. president is re-elected to a third term. People feel that if war came, Roosevelt’ s experience would be important.
3. Italy attacks Ethiopia and the U.S. passes the Neutrality Act, forbidding US companies to sell war goods to anyone at war.
4. Hitler invades the Sudetenland, saying that the people there have Germanic roots and should be part of Germany. Hitler also takes Austria. Very worried, England asks to meet with Hitler. The result is the Munich Pact, an agreement in which Hitler is given the Sudetenland if he promises not to invade any other countries. He promises (a promise he will not keep), and the English Prime Minister Chamberlain says they have “peace with honor…peace in our time.” Unfortunately, he is wrong.
5. Germany invades the Rhineland (the area between the Rhine Ricer and French and Belgian borders) and F. Franco takes over Spain in a revolution. The U.S. passes the “cash and carry plan” in which belligerents (those at war) could buy non-military goods in the US and take them away in their own ships.
6. The U.S. begins this year by passing the Lend-Lease Act, which declares that the U.S. would loan war supplies to any world democracy that needed them. After this the U.S. cannot even pretend to be neutral, and Hitler says that U.S. ships could be sunk. After several are sunk by German submarines, Roosevelt gives U.S. merchant ships permission to carry weapons. In June, Hitler attacks the U.S.S.R. in order to quickly destroy it and seize the oil resources there. Roosevelt immediately offers help to the U.S.S.R., who becomes an ally of the U.S. If the U.S.S.R. stays in the war, then the German Army must divide itself between fighting Britain and fighting the U.S.S.R. But Britain fears that the U.S.S.R. might have to surrender. Prime Minister Churchill of Britain decides to meet with Roosevelt in order to develop a strategy. They meet and develop the Atlantic Charter, which states the goals of the war. Late in this year trade stops between the U.S. and Japan, and on December 7, the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.
7. Hitler comes to power in Germany, and the U.S. and U.S.S.R. set up diplomatic relations.
8. Hitler invades Czechoslovakia, breaking the Munich Pact. Wanting to make sure that the U.S.S.R. does not invade Germany from the east, Hitler signs a non-aggression pact with the U.S.S.R., with both countries agreeing not to invade each other (although Hitler will later invade the U.S.S.R. anyway). In Italy the dictator there, B. Mussolini, invades Albania. On September 1, Hitler invades Poland. Because England and France had promised Poland that if they were invaded, they would support Poland, the invasion of Poland starts WWII. The U.S. changes their rules and passes a new neutrality act. England and France can now buy war materials from the U.S. as long as they pay for them in cash and ship them to Europe in English and French ships.
- GypsyfishLv 78 months ago
Germany was invading other European countries with no cause. Generally, we're against that- especially when they started bombing England, with whom we have a "special" relationship. FDR was sending aid long before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but that, of course, solidified our support for the Allies. That bombing was possibly the worst military decision ever made.
- JazSincLv 78 months ago
Partly history: we were friendly to Great Britain and France.
Partly avoidance: The Axis Powers were showing signs of being nasty conquerors.
- Lorna DuneLv 58 months ago
Back when you were in school, when the school bully was beating up a smaller, defenseless kid, who did you side with?
- Godless GazooLv 78 months ago
Well....they kinda attacked us at Pearl Harbor.
Before that happened there wasn't a lot of interest in us fighting in the war.
- MikeLv 78 months ago
Hitler was the bad guy