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It also destroyed 19 U.S. Navy Ships. The United States was a divided nation before the attack because many opposed entering the war after they suffered the consequences of the First World War. However, news of the Pearl Harbor attack brought shock, shame and anger to the people of the United States. Americans were eager to reclaim victory, sparking patriotism in the pacifist. Roosevelt's emotional and persuasive speech on December 8th, aimed to touch the hearts of the nation and seek retaliation against the Japanese; his use of rhetoric and direct language united the country, and unanimously supported his plea to enter the Second World War.
The American government was trying to get an invitation response from the Japanese government. If the United States did not drop the bomb and ‘Operation Downfall’ ha... ... middle of paper ... ...the Japanese people. Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb changed the way Americans thought about war because of the traumatic after effects. Works Cited Clancey Patrick ed. "HyperWar: USSBS: The Effects of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
“On December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States was suddenly and DELIBERATELY attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. -Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his address to Congress on December 8, 1941.” A quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) giving people a taste of what happened on the sad day of December 7th. The destructive day recalled as Pearl Harbor was a day of goodbyes to 2,403 Americans who died that day. In addition 1,178 American’s were wounded. As proved in the Manitowoc Herald-Times Newspaper which quotes that “Washington was admitting over 3,000 Americans were wounded, or killed during the attack.” All eight United States (U.S.) Navy battleships were damaged, including four that were sunk.
Consequently, Pearl Harbour was a preferred target to attack in order to retaliate the United States. The signing of the Tripartite Treaty with Germany further fuelled Japan’s aggression towards the United States. The Japanese had planned the attack in mind that if the US did engage in war, they would have struggled fighting two fronts. “The causes of the attack on Pearl Harbor stemmed from intensifying Japanese-American rivalry in the Pacific. Japan’s imperial ambitions had been evident from as early as 1931 when she invaded Manchuria.” The United States contribution towards aiding countries in relationships with them accordingly resulted in the attack on Pearl Harbour.
Roosevelt sent the American Pacific Fleet (American Navy) from the west coast to arm Pearl Harbor to tempt Japan. An attack was imminent. When FDR and the government decided to send the warning out to the citizens and armed forces at Pearl Harbor, it was too late. Pearl Harbor had been attacked, thus creating “‘the day that will live in infamy,’” (Roosevelt 2). Franklin Delano Roosevelt is at fault for the bombing at Pearl Harbor.
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