A Day that will Live in Infamy: How Pearl Harbor was important to United States History. And how it changed the course the United States was on. December 7th 1941 “A Day that will live in Infamy” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt The picture above captures aftermath and the rescuing of sailors from the USS West Virginia, one of the ships attacked in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that occurred on December 7th 1941. This attack was a turning point in the way the United States views wars, prepares defenses, and the way the country responds to acts of war upon its people. It is important to United States History as it marks the first time war had been brought to the country’s shores.
President Roosevelt used Pathos and Logos to attract the nation to the idea that if we did not act swiftly with force we would get attacked again and many more innocent lives would be taken. Roosevelt used the fact that Japan attacked not only Midway, but also Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine Islands and Wake Island along with attacks on American ships between San Francisco and Honolulu. The attack of this nature is the showing of unethical behavior that had to be stopped. This speech was given by Franklin D. Roosevelt on 8 December 1941 to the Senate, House and the citizens of America. This speech was given to the people by Roosevelt to show that he had declared a state of war, due to the actions of the Empire of Japan.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.” to show that they are not the good they are trying to trick people into thinking they are. He used these examples to try to get people angry at them and see that this war is the only way that they can give them what they deserved.
Battle analysis of The Guadalcanal Campaign Name Tutor College Course Date The World War II remains one of the most violent and significant armed conflicts throughout the history of man. The battle for Guadalcanal occurred in 1942 after the marines of US arrived on 7th of August the same year. Their major objective of their landing was to deny the use of the canal by the Japanese to cut supply of military and communication to U.S, and New Zealand. The Japanese were unopposed to their landing, but it took a period of six months to conquer the Japanese in a battle that remains significant in the World War history. As the World War II studies continue, the battle for Guadalcanal remains one of the most significant battles for the American troops during the World War II.
The president called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy,” describing the attack as “unprovoked and dastardly.” After the president asked congress to declare war on the Japanese Empire. With no doubt congress passed the war against Japan, also Britain declared war on Japan. For the citizens of America the attack on pearl harbor was an unpleasant experience. It was just like a normal day at work, quite and peaceful. Since it was a sunday, the majority of workers were not present at the naval base.
Both I think backfired somewhat because they caused America to come together and fight the enemy. On a calm Sunday morning on December 7, 1941, the Japanese shocked the world by bombing the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The bombing happened because the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Pearl Harbor could foil their plans to attack the American mainland. As insurance, the Japanese navy undertook an operation to cripple the Pacific Fleet by a surprise air attack. It succeeded.
The historians who support Truman, sometimes called the traditionalists, agree that Japan had been defeated but argue that Japan was not ready to surrender and was, in fact, preparing for one last great battle that would have cost millions of lives. Popular opinion tends to side with the revisionists, but I will argue that Truman made the right decision, not only for the United States but also for Japan; in fact, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved Japan. Revisionists argue that the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima after Japan’s armed forces and over sixty of its major cities had been already been destroyed. Moreover, historians such as Howard Zinn argue that Truman knew that the Japanese were trying to surrender but that he ignored them because he wanted to use the Bomb (23). Gar Alperovitz, another revisionist, says that Truman’s main purpose in dropping the bombs was to demonstrate its power in order to intimidate the Russians (127).
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Rose) President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a speech dedicated to what America should do after Pearl Harbor. During his speech he said from him was " As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us." and "The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.".
Global Essay The main focus of the United States when it dropped the atomic bombs on Japan was to force Japans unconditional surrender in order to save American lives. Many documents in government history support that this was the main focus. In 1947 Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson had in his memoirs that he believed that the Japanese would fight to the death and very end. This meant putting more American lives at risk in the war. Although the U.S. would’ve defeated Japan in the war eventually, the bombs made it so that they would surrender quicker so lives would be saved.
This was the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. They did this without warning and without a formal declaration of war. As a result of this attack, more than 2000 Americans were killed, along with over a thousand being wounded. The attack was meant to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Japanese were planning in Southeast Asia. This led to the U.S. to abandon their support for non-interventionism, declaring war on Japan and entering World War II.