Attitude of the U.S. Before Pearl Harbor. Public opinion in the United States was divided. Although most Americans favored the Allied cause, there was strong opposition to even indirect involvement in the war. The German-American Bund and the America First movement were especially active in opposing aid to the Allies. The American Communists also opposed aid—until Germany attacked the Soviet Union; then they demanded immediate intervention.
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