"FDR: From Isolation to Intervention"

Course of Our Times, Series II

VHS;U-Matic; 16mm film


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1970

30 min.

During the long appeasement nightmare in Europe, the United States lived almost completely in a climate of isolation. There was overwhelming hatred of the dictators and an emotional attachment to the right of the threatened peoples to survive - Ethiopia, China, Spain, Austria. But there was an adamant firmness against any involvement that could lead to war. This chapter discusses the steady development of American foreign policy that moved from sympathy for the allies, to material assistance, to total involvement and intervention. Throughout, the leadership of Franklin Roosevelt, who had already made fundamental changes in the domestic life of the country, is decisive for this road from isolation to intervention.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

1 VHS use copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 22]
2 U-Matic copies [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 25 and Box 26]
4 16 mm films [All B&W; in Sachar Film Collection]