Last week there could be no doubt of it: Franklin Roosevelt knew that the hours of peace were running out. Without great tension, almost without excitement, Americans watched the steps that took them nearer & nearer World War II. Without hatred, with almost a feeling of inevitability, Americans read that the Robin Moor had been sunk by a Nazi submarine (see p. 17)—though they knew that U.S. shipping could not give up the seas to the Axis. With hardly a sense of imminent change, Americans read of the seizing of Axis assets in the U.S. (see col. 2)—though perhaps...

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