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American Response to the Rape of Nanking

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Diana Knoell

on 31 January 2014

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Transcript of American Response to the Rape of Nanking

America in the 1930's
America has begun to recover from the Great Depression in 1933.
America in the late 1930's
In the years 1937-1938 America had entered a recession. Many feared of a second depression. Businesses were reluctant to hire people and spending and employment decreased
American policy of Isolationism during the late 1930's
After World War i many Americans did not want interaction with European or Asian countries for anything other than trading goods.
American Response during the Japanese invasion of Nanking
Many Americans were unaware of the events occurring in China.
Neutrality Acts were passed in 1935-1937.
President Roosevelt wanted to involve America in world affairs but was denied multiple times by congress.
President Roosevelt made a speech, in 1937 to congress pleading involvement with European and Asian affairs. But still Americans and Congress were unwilling.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Japan and American Relations in the 1930's
Japanese continue to dominate Asia but had increasing trade difficulties.
John Rabe was a leader in protecting many Chinese in Nanking from the Japanese.
Controversy sparked by the Rape of Nanking
Many Japanese are still unaware of the crimes their soldiers had committed to the Chinese.
"Lies written in ink cannot cover up facts in blood."
Some Americans who knew of the Rape of Nanking said the Japanese deserve punishment for their actions.
After WWi Congress decided against a joining the League of nations. And America will show no real sign of commitment to any world affairs.
Could the attacks in Nanking have been stopped?
Some would say that if Americans knew about the Japanese assaults people would have been more willing to aid the Chinese and become involved sooner in world affairs.
Some Americans who were aware were members of the American Embassy
American Response to the Rape of Nanking
Diana Knoell
Mrs. Rosen
English 10 H
Genocide Awareness Project
Rape of Nanking (task 4)
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