Franklin Delano Roosevelt And The World War II

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York became the 32nd U.S. president in 1933. He was diagnosed with polio in the year 1921, making him paralyzed from the waist down. This, however, did not impede him from being the only person who has run for, and won, the presidency four times. Franklin died in 1945 from his illness but with great honor. FDR led this country through the Great Depression by implementing government spending programs that provided jobs in local areas, as well as leading the U.S through World War II with the help of this fine speech. December 7th, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the U.S naval base, Pearl Harbor, near Hawaii. In efforts to disable the U.S, they used bombers, torpedo bombers and midget submarines. The Japanese were able to destroy nearly 20 American vessels, 8 enormous battleships and more than 300 airplanes. After years of conflict, this ultimately led to our country’s entrance in World War II. This Japanese victory resulted in 3,700 United States casualties and only 50 Japanese civilians, in a total of ninety minutes. The following morning, President Roosevelt addressed a nation in complete awe. He informed his people the catastrophe brought upon them was all while trying to reach peace and firmly asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Congress approved with just one vote against the decision. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in a meeting with his chief advisor, Harry Hopkins, on the…
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