William Federer is a nationally known speaker, historian, author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. He’s the speaker on The American Minute daily broadcast. He has authored numerous books including, America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, Who is the King in America?, Socialism: The Real History From Plato to the Present, and The Faith of FDR.
In WWII there were 2 fronts. One front had Hitler’s Germany, who made alliances with Italy and Japan, while also invading Poland and other Eastern European nations. The Soviets became involved in 1939 and the list of nations pulled in grew from there to include Albania, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, Lithuania, etc.
The sides grew larger in 1940 and ’41 but with all that activity, America remained on the sidelines.
Some American politicians thought that if we didn’t get involved and Hitler wins, we’d be isolated with no friends. FDR had made numerous promises not to get involved but eventually began to communicate that we wouldn’t, unless we were attacked.
Eventually, Japan did attack America at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. 2,403 people were killed. Of that number, 68 were civilians. Another 1,178 were wounded, including 35 civilians. The National World War II Museum reports that 2 battleships and over 160 aircraft were destroyed and more were damaged.
There’s a lot to take in when discussing this issue and with William Federer as the guest, it’s always fascinating. Hear it all, including what listeners had to say, when you listen to this special look-back at America’s entrance into WWII.