How Did Franklin D Roosevelt's Effect On Japanese

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"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.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt (Roosevelt 1). On December 7, 1941, the United States encountered a change that would be irreversible. Japanese empire fighter planes launched bombs on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, destructing up to two hundred airplanes and twenty naval vessels. Two thousand were immediately killed, including military personnel and civilians, and another one thousand were wounded severely. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan. Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his “Infamy Speech” on December 8, 1941 addressed to Congress making clear …show more content…

“Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.” (Roosevelt 1). The attack on Pearl Harbor marked the United States’s entry into World War II. World War II is remembered for the devastation of millions of people’s lives; concentration camps, mistreatment, and Adolf Hitler come to mind. But rarely talked about is the effects on Japanese American lives. We condemn the Nazi Third Reich for their attempts to exterminate the Jewish population, but we fail to account for the fact that here in the United States we similarly rounded up an entire ethnic population and herded them into camps like animals. The reality is, the fear of Japanese Americans was probably more race related than founded in any credible fear. Directly after the attack of Pearl Harbor things changed immediately for everyone, especially Japanese Americans. Gradually Japanese Americans on the West coast

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