PUBLIC OPINION: Everything for Defense

U. S. public opinion, which is apt to advance by little leaps and big bounds, last week threw itself panting on its face. It had gone a scarily long way from its old isolationist apathy. If U. S. opinion last week could be gauged in a sentence, it was this: Hitler was invincible in Europe, Britain was facing probable defeat, the U. S. had best look to its own security.

The public mood made itself felt in Congress (see p. 18). The U. S. wanted anything & everything for defense: Pan-American cartels, quickened industrial mobilization, billions for armaments, mobilization of...

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