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The American Testimony Ė The ďNew DealĒ Autocracy and World War 2 (1928-1945)
1. HERBERT HOOVERíS CRISIS (13 minutes, 17seconds). Explores the consequences of government attempts to regulate agricultural production and banking practices in the United States, leading to the Wall Street panic of 1928. Also covers the American Socialist movement, Japanís invasion of Manchuria, and the Bonus Expedition march on Washington.
2. FDR (16 minutes, 25seconds). Describes the personal and political journey of Franklin D. Roosevelt to the White House, and recounts the early missteps of legislative acts conceived by his "Brain Trust" (such as the National Recovery Act, the Tennessee Valley Authority, etc.).
3. PROLONGING THE DEPRESSION (17 minutes, 21 seconds). Examines the ways that programs designed to alleviate the depression actually worsened it, causing the immediate 40% drop in the value of the dollar The segment also includes passage of the Tydings-McDuffie Act (granting future independence to the Philippines), the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany, the abandonment of the first New Deal in favor of FDRís Second New Deal (a series of socialist policies to redistribute the nationís privately-earned assets), the Supreme Courtís rejection of certain New Deal as unconstitutional, the passage of the Social Security Act, the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, FDRís declaration of neutrality toward European conflicts, and the accumulation of power by Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini.
4. THE AGE OF THE AGGRESSORS (14 minutes, 50 seconds). Covers the German takeover of the Rhineland (formerly under the dominion of France), Hitlerís rearmament of Germany (in violation of the Versailles Treaty), the Spanish Civil War, FDRís attempt to pack the Supreme Court with like-minded justices, the labor union shutdown of major American industries, Japanís atrocities in China, Germanyís invasions of Austria and Czechoslovakia, the pacifistic British response, FDRís replacement of the Common Law system (Americaís sole legal system since the nationís founding) with a Statutory Law system, the adaptation of Keynesian economics (ďspend freely today, pay the bill laterĒ), Italyís invasion of Albania, the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact between Hitler and Stalin, Germanyís invasion of Poland, and England and Franceís declarations of war on Germany.
5. THE DAWN OF WORLD WAR 2 (17 minutes, 33 seconds). Covers the geopolitical division of Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union, the Soviet invasions of Finland and the Baltic nations, Germanyís invasions of Norway and Denmark, FDRís dispatch of naval patrols around Greenland, the German drive to France (invading the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg in the process), the humiliating defeat of British forces at Dunkirk, the surrender of France to the Germans, Japanís closure of Chinese ports, the enactment of Americaís first peacetime military draft, the German bombing raids on London, Americaís Lend-Lease policy toward Great Britain, Germanyís attack on former ally Russia, the US naval escalation in Iceland, the Japanese invasion of southern Indochina, FDRís oil embargo against Japan, the Atlantic Charter meeting between Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the German naval skirmishes with American warships in the Atlantic, and Japanís failed negotiations with the United States.
6. AMERICA ENTERS THE WAR (15 minutes, 10 seconds). Covers the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, FDRís declaration of war, the abandonment of American forces in the Philippines and various Pacific islands, the Japanese invasion of Manila, FDRís internment of American civilians of Japanese descent, Jimmy Doolittleís bombing raid on Tokyo, General MacArthurís evacuation of the Philippines, the Bataan Death March, the Battle of Midway, the beginning of the atomic bomb project, the brutal battle at Guadalcanal, General Eisenhowerís invasion of North Africa, Enrico Fermiís inducement of the first atomic chain reaction, the Alliesí conference at Casablanca, the Battle of Kassarine Pass (Tunisia), General MacArthurís victory in New Guinea, Admiral Halseyís campaign in the Solomon islands, General Pattonís invasion of Sicily, and the ouster of Benito Mussolini.
THE ROAD TO VICTORY (21 minutes, 10 seconds). Covers the Alliesí conference
in Cairo, FDR and Churchillís Teheran meeting with Joseph Stalin, the battles of
Monte Cassino and Anzio in Italy, the US victory in the Gilbert Islands, FDRís implementation
of direct payroll deductions as a means of seizing income taxes from wage earners,
the German defeat at Stalingrad, the American liberation of Rome, the D-Day invasion
of Normandy, the American victory at Saipan, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, American
victories at Guam and Tinian, the Allied march through France, the liberation of
Paris, the Battle of Leyte, the infiltration of FDRís White House by Stalinist American
spies, and the Allied conference at Yalta. The segment concludes with General
MacArthurís triumphant return to the Philippines, the brutal battles at Iwo Jima
and Okinawa, the massive German surprise assault at Bastogne (the Battle of the
Bulge), the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Trumanís ascension to the presidency,
the Soviet invasion of Berlin, the execution of Mussolini, the suicide of Hitler,
the German surrender, Trumanís Potsdam Conference with Churchill and Stalin, the
atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrender, and the discovery
of the Nazi death camps.
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