America 's Involvement During The World War II

1132 Words Dec 11th, 2015 5 Pages
December 7, 1941 is known as “a day the will live in infamy” due to the surprise attack on the United States by Japan. The leading events to Pearl Harbor, the attack, and the after effects of the bombings are all actions that pushed America into the Second World war and have shaped the country to what it is today.
The precursors to Pearl Harbor showed that America’s involvement with the war was inevitable. Japan and China went back and forth having trade, land, and power disagreements. While America felt for the struggles China was going through, the U.S. did not have the desire to get involved in the conflict. America stayed neutral until 1939 when the U.S. began to terminate trade treaties with Japan. America put oil, steel, and iron embargos against Japan that directly impacted their efforts on expansion for their military and land. America and Japan attempted to negotiate their situation through different offers and Japan had intentions that if no agreement were going to be met by November 1941, war with America would begin.
Due to the lack of war materials that Japan was in need of, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto ordered the Japanese military to prepare for battle. Yamamoto knew America was a force to be reckoned with and decided it was going to have to be a surprise attack in order for it to be successful. Japan’s plan was to eliminate the United States’ vessels in order to give them time to execute the planned attack as well as make it difficult for the U.S. to counter…
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