Feb., 1941 Lend Lease – The most unsordid act

Daniel Bishop, St. Louis Star Times

Early in 1941, President Roosevelt proposed a bill to “manufacture, sell, lend, transfer, lease, or exchange” weapons with any country that “the President deems vital for the defense of the U.S.”


The so-called Lend-Lease bill was in response to pleas from Britain Prime Minister Winston Chur

Edwin Marcus, N.Y. Times

chill to “give us the weapons and we shall finish the job.”

The bill raised a storm of controversy between supporters of intervention and isolationists, but passed both houses of Congress by wide margins on March 11.

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