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54 Why didn’t the president speak openly with the American people about the gravity of the situation in Europe? demanded his pugnacious interior secretary, Harold Ickes. 55 And when he did attempt to warn Americans about an uncertain future, he softened his message with captivating charm and wit. ’ ”56 In early 1939, Roosevelt began to push for massive expansion of aircraft production, military aid—including planes—for the European democracies, and the lifting of the arms embargo. In his State of the Union address in January 1939, in addition to requesting almost a billion and a half dollars for defense out of a total budget of nine billion, he called for reform of the arms embargo.
Louis to disembark in the United States after they were refused sanctuary in Cuba. When the St. 47 Walking on Eggs 29 Ultimately, the ship returned to Europe, its passengers allowed to stay in Britain and in the soon-to-be Nazi-occupied Belgium, Holland, and France. 48 At the same time, New York senator Robert Wagner and Massachusetts representative Edith Rogers introduced a bill that would admit twenty thousand refugee children. “It is all right for you to support . . ” 49 His silence effectively doomed that effort.
This aristocracy will have slaves assigned to it, these slaves to be their property and to consist of landless, non-German nationals. . We actually have in mind a modern form of medieval slavery which we must and will introduce because we urgently need it in order to fulfill our great tasks. ”107 During his first presidential campaign in 1932, FDR had remarked, “It’s a terrible job. ”108 Seven and a half years later, in the spring of 1940, the job had become infinitely more terrible. But despite his vague and contradictory stances, his tergiversations and equivocations, Roosevelt’s mind and heart were firmly anchored in the internationalist camp.