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The United States And World War Ii

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The United States is one of the largest military powerhouses of the world. Even though the U.S. has gained this reputation the country will put off actually having to use their Army to interact in any type of war around the world. The United States stays neutral in any war its allies are in until it gets dragged in or has to become evolved. That is exactly what happened in the 1940’s during World War II. The United States has stayed neutral in this war for almost three years before The Empire of Japan Waged war against The United States by attacking the naval base of Pearl harbor in December of 1941. This was one of the major points so far in World War II which then turned this war into a ...view middle of the document...

” (Roosevelt n.d.) The U.S. believed that they were working towards peace talks with Japan over the pacific war. The Japanese were in the middle of trying to spread its control into East Asia and the island in the Pacific Ocean. Japans goal was to cripple American forces in the Pacific Ocean that could potentially stop Japan from taking over these parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. “The attack severely damaged the American Fleet and prevented, at least for the short term, serious American inference with Japanese military operations.” (Museum 2013) They started their attack with air raids and kamikaze bombings. At this point the United States came to the conclusion that this attack was a deliberate attack against the U.S. because the distance between Japan and Hawaii is too great to be a mistake. As a result from this attack the United States lost a total of 19 naval ships, 323 aircrafts and 23,823 citizens from the two waves sent by Japan. (oahu n.d.)
As a result of this tragic day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave one of his major speeches to address the public about what had happened in Hawaii the day before. Due to the fact that people did not have access to news as quick as we do in the modern day many people have not yet heard what has happened out in the Pacific Ocean. “Yesterday, Dec. 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.” (Roosevelt n.d.) It was from this speech that this date was labeled “…a day which will live in infamy….” (Roosevelt n.d.) In this speech FDR stated that he asked congress to declare war against the Japanese Empire due to the fact that the U.S. is now in the state of war after the attack. “I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.” (Roosevelt n.d.)
Americans did not like being attacked on their home turf. The idea that America was attacked and the thought that it could be vulnerable to another attack is frightening to many. Some Americans even turned their anger towards Japanese Americans believing that they are some type of spy for the Empire of Japan or they were plotting against them. “DeWitt argued that the complete absence of provable sabotage by Japanese Americans was clear evidence that the saboteurs existed and were just waiting for the right moment.” (PBS n.d.) General John DeWitt, from the Western Defense Command, believed that there was some type of sabotage going on from the Japanese American citizens. In February of 1942 President Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9066 into order. This order created areas where to segregate the Japanese American citizens to if needed. “ designated Commander deems such...

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