Three Main Catalysts that Brought the U.S. Into World War II

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Three Main Catalysts that Brought the U.S. Into World War II

Throughout time scholars have examined human history and many events come to mind. While many of these events have good explanations or just reasons why they occurred, there are a handful of events that had no rhyme or reason, and these events will continue to baffle scholars for centuries to come. There is one event that continues to stand out when considering the events of the 1900's. The events of World War II are extremely broad and abundant, from the advances in technology and warfare to the use of genocide to gain power. However, three main catalysts that brought the U.S. into the war include Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust, and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Many scholars believe that the events of WWII are a continuance of the Great War. Upon the end of WWI countries on all sides of the war where left bitter, tired, and disheartened with the Great War.

Germans were bitter and outraged by the outcome of the war, and felt they were forced to surrender against their will by their own government. (World War II, 2009) Americans, who had no wish to go to war in the first place, felt the death tolls weighing heavily upon their souls. Many individuals believe that both of these details played a major role in the long road leading up to, the Second World War.

The first catalyst that brought the U.S. into WWII was the rise of Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria on April 20, 1889 and was the son of Alois Hitler, an Austrian customs official. Hitler dropped out of high school and moved to Vienna after the death of his mother in 1907. He finally settled in Munich in 1913 and joined...