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1931-1946: We meet crisis in the Depression, and again in World War II

March 11, 1941
The President is claiming more power in foreign affairs

Map of U.S. aid routes

“We must be the great arsenal of democracy.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

When Britain stood alone against Hitler’s Nazis, FDR came up with the “Lend-Lease” program to send Britain military supplies. He did it by “executive agreement,” bypassing Congress to make it happen.

But most people applauded his statesmanship, and Congress has now made it official.


Read about it in the New York times

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