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British Foreign Office : United States correspondence, 1941-1943


This collection in The National Archives at Kew covers British foreign affairs concerning the United States. The General Political Correspondence for the United States of America, in F.O. 371, consists primarily of communications between the Foreign Office and various British embassies and consulates in North America. Governmental, political, military, economic, and cultural topics concerning Anglo-American relations are chronicled. The documents include: 1941: Appointment of Lord Halifax as Ambassador at Washington; U.S. aid for Britain: Lend-Lease Act; convoys; speech by Secretary of the Navy Knox; Cordell Hull on U.S. and world situation; Roosevelt's speech of 27 May 1941; U.S. reaction to German invasion of Soviet Union; U.S. bases: Jamaica, Australia; New Zealand; Pacific Islands and Central America; jurisdiction; Roosevelt's personal representation in London: Mr. Averell Harriman and Harry Hopkins; British publicity in the U.S.; publicity among German-American communities; arrival of Hess in U.S.; "Buy British" movement in U.S.; U.S. citizens serving in the British Armed Forces; establishment of U.S. Army Mission in London; recruitment of U.S. doctors and nurses for service in Union of South Africa: departure; acceptability of negroes; freezing of Japanese and Chinese assets in the USA; presentation of folio of Shakespeare to the President of the U.S; presentation of letter of George Washington to the U.S.; exclusion of American pressmen from Churchill-Roosevelt meeting; declaration of war on Japan by the U.S. 1942: America at war: U.S. political situation and general attitude of Great Britain; U.S. criticism of British action in Far East; particulars of persons registered for Selective Service in U.S.; report on Caribbean situation; Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; criticism of Mr. Willkie's unofficial speeches. 1943: relations between U.S. and British troops; Anglo-American relations in Middle East between the forces; Anti-American feeling in Britain; Mr. Laski's open letter to the President in the "New Statesman": Anglo-American understanding; U.S. troops in the U.K. and Northern Ireland; U.S. reactions to Beveridge Report; American opinion of war aims and post-war problems; Senator Taft: collaboration after the war; U.S. reactions to Mr. Gandhi's fast; American opinion and India; resignation of Mr. Welles and appointment of Mr. Stettinius; Mr. Churchill and U.S. politics; American Command in the Pacific; U.S. oil installations in British territories; patent protection: U.S. and U.K. exchange of inventions; among many other records.

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Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
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