"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan...As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense...With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God." That speech was addressed to the nation by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt the day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Shortly after, America entered WWII and anti-Japanese hysteria struck like the Bubonic Plague. At the time over 120,000 Japanese-Americans lived in the US, and about 110,000 resided in the West Coast. About 80,000 were ...
It was a sunny beautiful day on the December 7, 1941, when citizens of the society were waking up to do their regular chores. This is the day that everyone will remember in the history of the world. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan happened in the early morning. The Americans were caught off guard by the Japanese fleet. The attack resulted in an outburst of horrifying deaths among Americans, including the loss of war fleets from the naval base. Resulting in Americans entering World War II, although they did not want to engage in World War II. “The “day that will live in infamy” ended with the deaths of over 2,400 sailors, Marines, and soldiers, along with the heavy damage and destruction of eight battleships.”1 After the devastating destruction on
After the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by Imperial Japan, military and political leaders in the United States began to suspect a full scale attack on the West Coast. This was due to the fact that Japan had lead a massive campaign through parts of Asia and the Pacific from 1936 to 1942. At first American opinions favored Japanese immigrants and their children believing that their loyalties to the U.S. would never falter. However, six weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor many Americans became concerned about the loyalties of people who were ethnically Japanese.
After Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the opinion of the American people drastically changed. Isolationism was eliminated virtually overnight. Most Americans thought they were fighting for President Roosevelt’s four freedoms:
This investigation asks the question, what was the motivation of the Japanese government behind the air attack on Pearl Harbor? To assess these motivations, the significance of Pear Harbor, the result of the attack, the overall intentions of the Japanese government, as well as the relations with them and the United States are being identified and evaluated in this investigation. In addition, the attack itself must be evaluated to have a full understanding of the attack and its intention.
During the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, there were 127,000 people of Japanese decent that were living in America. Many of the Americans began to fear that these people were going to turn on America and help out their country of ancestry. The following quote shows what it was like for many Japanese living in America.
They planned to invade Kyusha in the South on November 1st, and Tokyo and the Kanto area in Honshu in March of 1946. There was a long road ahead of them so the sooner the war ended, the better. But this was no excuse for the U.S. to kill millions of people.3 “In Japan, as might be expected, popular memory of the atomic bombs tend to begin where the American narratives leave off…Rubble everywhere. A silent, shattered cityscape. In this regard, the heroic narrative differs little from a Hollywood script”.4
“When the war began, the United States had entered a period of isolationism. Americans viewed the conflict as Europe’s problem and wished to keep it that way. However, as the situation in Europe grew increasingly overwhelming, the United States began to slowly edge towards going to war.” The final point, of course was the surprise attack by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. However, in reality, the attack may not have been such a surprise and unforeseen event since tensions between the United States and Japan had been consistently heating up for several years even before the attack even happened. While the United States was still suffering with an economic meltdown due from the Great Depression, Japan was fervently digging its way out of a financial crisis they themselves were in. The Japanese had thought that their best hope for staying alive was hinged in their ability to expand their militarily further. While following this philosophy, the Japanese had attacked and occupied the southern region of Manchuria in the fall of 1931. The purpose of this attack was for the Japanese to gain territory rich with raw materials on the mainland. The only problem was that Manchuria was already under control by another country China and was made an area of strategic importance to the USSR. Although the United States never truste...