Essay On The Pearl Harbor Turning Point

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Many important turning points for America have occurred throughout its history. One in particular is when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In 1940, Japan had joined Germany and Italy in the Axis Powers. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor ever happened, the U.S. was in isolationism, which meant they were largely staying out of the war. The United States was unhappy with Japan’s increasingly belligerent attitude toward China. The Japanese government believed that the only way to solve its economic and demographic problems was to expand into its neighbor’s territory. Therefore Japan decided to take over China’s import market, which meant Japan would declare war on China in 1937. American officials responded to this aggression with a battery of economic sanctions and trade embargoes on Japan. The United States reasoned that without access to money and goods, and especially essential supplies like oil, Japan would have to rein in its expansionism.…show more content…
During months of negotiations between Tokyo and Washington, D.C., neither side would budge, making the war inevitable. Japan wanted to bring the United States into the war, so they began to plan their infamous attack. Japan’s military envisioned a grand empire that would cover most of Southeast Asia and the islands of the South Pacific. The Philippine Islands are in the middle of that domain, which was at the time American territory. Military bases with thousands of U.S. troops were stationed on these islands. The Japanese predicted it was only a matter of time before America would enter the war. Therefore, decided that a surprise was their best weapon against the United States. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was a huge tragedy to the U.S., and caused the U.S. to enter into WWII, but brought more consequences to Japan than could ever be
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