Wendell Lewis Willkie ran for president of the United States in 1940 against President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Although the U.S. remained neutral prior to Pearl Harbor, Willkie favored greater U.S. involvement in World War II to support Britain and other Allies.
This remarkable film of Wendell Willkie has been preserved and reveals his beliefs about isolationism.
1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election amid the Storm In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidency—Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkie—found themselves on the defensive against American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman Charles Lindbergh, who called for surrender to Hitler’s demands. In this dramatic account of that turbulent and consequential election, historian Susan Dunn brings to life the debates, the high-powered players, and the dawning awareness of the Nazi threat as the presidential candidates engaged in their own battle for supremacy.