How Did Pearl Harbor Affect American Society?

1185 WordsFeb 24, 20175 Pages
December 7, 1941, the day that will always be remembered as the day “which will live in infamy” by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On this specific date, Japanese kamikaze bombers attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor destroying 188 aircraft, 19 ships and killing over 2,000 Americans. This destructive act against Americans done by the Japanese was the act that drove the, at the time neutral United States of America, into World War II. While the act of injustice was being displayed was so sudden, many questions were being inquired. One of the predominant ones being how did Pearl Harbor affect American society? The relationship between Japan and the United States was rather a complicated relationship. Both of them were…show more content…
It was a traumatic shock, but then the people came to the aide of one another, they came together to end the tyranny and bring peace back to our nation, they remember the loved and lost, and justified their sacrifice. Admiral Yamoto stated right after the attack, “I believe that we have awoken a sleeping giant." He foreshadowed what eventually became true. America had come together and oppressed the oppressors. The United States would be transformed into the strongest military power and most powerful banker in the history of the globe. It caused the United States to begin the invention of the atomic bomb. This brought on the Manhattan Project, In 1942 the United States created its first Nuclear weapon, also being the first nuclear weapon ever created, which was originally based in Manhattan, New York. This led to the United States bombing Hiroshima to get back at Japan for pulling a sneak attack on our Pacific Military Port. The United States initiated the project in order for the bombing of Hiroshima to happen. The bombing itself, was more a revenge sequence for the bombing at Pearl Harbor. At Hiroshima, the mass destruction caused by the atomic bomb, left an impression on the Japanese. Which is one impression that they won 't ever forget. While Americans did not envision the thought of war between the Japanese or prolonging towards another world war, their focuses shifted from a “normal” perspective on life to
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