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Before the War

About the images: From top to bottom: Oregon Governor Charles Sprague; U.S. civilian defense insignia; German dictator Adolf Hitler; Nazi swastika.

World War II was born in the decades before Hitler's 1939 march into Poland. As the United States looked inward, dark forces grew beyond control and aggression went unconfronted. This section follows the path that Oregon and the world took to war.

delta The Legacy of World War I and the Versailles Treaty
delta Oregon's Roaring Twenties Bring a Mixed Record
delta Oregon Weathers the Great Depression
delta A Specter Abroad: The Axis Rises from Turmoil
delta Isolationism and Appeasement Fail
delta Preparing for War: The Nation Shifts Gears
delta The Oregon State Defense Council Takes Action

About the images: From top to bottom: Oregon Governor Charles Sprague; U.S. civilian defense insignia; German dictator Adolf Hitler; Nazi swastika.

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