Britain offered copy of the Magna Carta to US during WWII

March 11, 2015 3:01 PM

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Documents being displayed at the British Library show that Britain offered the United States an original copy of the Magna Carta in hopes of persuading a reluctant America to enter World War II and to fight against Nazi Germany.

The Foreign Office offer, made before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, was floated after the U.S. Congress passed the Lend-Lease Act, which offered material to the British to fight the Nazis. Britain desperately needed the United States to lend its might to the war effort, and recognized a reluct...

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