Oral History Assignment
A World Gone Mad
It was your typical cold and miserable day in Fairbanks, Alaska when I called my great grandmother to talk about her childhood experience during World War II. We talked on the phone for almost twenty minutes. I was so fascinated with everything she was telling me. I called her a month in advance to ask her if I could interview her for my anthropology class. How I recorded the interview was I called my great grandma from my house phone and recorded our conversation with my iPhone. When I was completely done with my project, I shared my paper and the recorded interview with her and she absolutely loved it. After interviewing my great grandma, it made me want to dive deeper into why the United States didn’t get involved sooner.
When war broke out, there was no way the world could possibly know the levels of severity that the war would escalate to. Fortunately, one country saw and understood that Germany and its allies would have to be stopped. America’s involvement in World War II not only contributed in the eventual downfall of the insane Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich, but had also came at the precise time and moment. Had the United States entered the war any later the consequences might have been worse. Over the years, it has been an often heated and debated issue on whether the United States could have entered the war sooner and thus saved many lives. To try to understand this we must look both at the people and at the government’s point of view.
Just after war broke out in Europe, President Roosevelt quickly called his cabinet and military advisors together. There it was agreed that the United States stay neutral in these affairs. One of the reasons given was that unless America was directly threatened, they had no reason to be involved.
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