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     "This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well."

    - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939


    The ARCADIA Conference, Washington, D.C., December 22, 1941-January 14, 1942.

    Often overlooked in brief accounts of World War II, the Arcadia Conference was significant primarily for establishing the Anglo-American grand strategy of the conflict, developing war production priorities, and sorting out command relationships. It was undertaken at the initiative of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who insisted on traveling to the United States shortly after Pearl Harbor. Churchill may have hoped to establish British control of the war effort while American officials were off balance. The conference that ensued, however, demonstrated that US political and military leadership was fundamentally unreceptive to British arguments on points of controversy and determined to play the leading part in management of the war. Fortunately, US-British differences were relatively small when contrasted with the common interests and outlooks of the two nations. Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov also came to Washington and received assurances of American and British support.  Continue reading the attached document.

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