Lend-Lease Act, 1941
The Lend-Lease was signed on March 11th, 1941 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Lend-Lease act allowed the United States to supply the Allied Powers like Great Britain, China, The Soviet Union, and free France with resources to fight of Hitler and his forces. The idea was the Americans could lend or lease military equipment to these countries.
This was signed into law before the United States decided to join in the efforts. This was when the United States first started to break their isolationism and decide what side they were going to support. Most people believe that the US only got involved in the war when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred but really there participation started before that. Though they were not sending troops over to Europe the fact that this made the opposing powers very mad and began to resent America.
This act was signed nearly 9 months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor when the United States decided that they were going to send troops over to Europe and Japan. A total of 50.1 billion dollars were spent on the Lend-Lease act from 1941-1945.