Prevented the U.S. from trading arms or materials with any party at war
Italian Invasion of Ethiopia
October 3, 1935
Italy annexed Ethiopia
US Neutrality Act of 1936
February 29, 1936
Renewed provisions of the 1936 act, also forbade all loans or credits to parties at war. It did not cover "civil wars" or materials used in civilian life such as trucks and oil.
Remilitarization of the Rhineland
March 7, 1936
Violated the terms of the Treaty of Versailles
US Neutrality Act of 1937
May 1, 1937
Made the provisions of earlier acts permanent. U.S. ships were prohibited from transporting any passengers or materials to a party at war. However, the President could permit the sale of materials and supplies to a party at war as long as the party transported the items and paid immediately with cash.
Germany annexes Austria
March 12, 1938
German Annexation of Sudetenland
September 30, 1938
German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact
August 23, 1939
Germany and the Soviet Union agreed not to attack each other. The rest of the world didn't know the details of the agreement and feared they would take over Europe together.
German Invasion of Poland
September 1, 1939
Britain and France Declare War on Germany
September 3, 1939
After the invasion of Poland
Germany and Soviet Union Divide Poland
September 29, 1939
US Neutrality Act of 1939
November 4, 1939
Allowed the sale of arms to parties at war as long as the party transported and paid in cash for the weapons. Repealed Neutrality Acts of 1935 and 1937.
German Invasion of Denmark and Norway
April 9, 1940
German Invasion of France, Belgium, Netherlands
May 10, 1940
America First Committee Formed
September 4, 1940
They launched campaign that urged Americans to turn from Europe and prepare for their own defense.