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The Roosevelts

The Lead Up To World War II

Clip: Season 1 | 4m 56s

As the Nazi Party swept across Germany and steadily gained power, there was growing concern from both Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. However, a Gallup Poll showed the that majority of Americans opposed offering sanctuary to European refugees. And FDR's bill to sell arms to Britain and France should Germany invade Poland never even reached the Senate floor.

Aired: 09/13/14

Rating: NR

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