Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Slowly, and in spite of anything we Americans do or do not do, it looks a little as if you and some other good people are going to have to answer the old question of whether you want to keep your country unshackled by taking even more definite steps to do so—even firing shots—or, on the other hand, submitting to be shackled for the sake of not losing one American life.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter, May 19, 1941, to Representative James F. O'Connor of Montana. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 370, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

The President attempted to persuade extreme isolationists like O'Connor that they were risking losing their freedom to totalitarian domination by refusing to aid Britain and that the United States was not going to be left alone simply because Americans withheld aid from the Allies.
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