The Attack On Pearl Harbor

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“A date that will live in infamy” is how Franklin D. Roosevelt described the attack on Pearl Harbor in his speech on December 8, 1941; just one day after the attack took place (F.D.R., E-notes). The attack on Pearl Harbor was not only one of the most considerable attacks on America but also one of the most important. America was in the middle of a large-scale depression with issues of unemployment, the long-term effects of the Great Depression, the Stock Market crash, and overproduction. As a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American domestic economy was prosperous through conversion, solutions to unemployment and essential production, competition and nationalism, propaganda and price control, and large outputs. Because of…show more content…
The deployment of American troops to fight in WWII lead to the immense employment of women, African-Americans, and other minorities. After Pearl Harbor, recruiting offices flooded with young American men to defend their nation and now their jobs needed to be filled. Seventeen million new jobs were opened to women, blacks, and minorities. Assembly line jobs that were once filled by men were now producing at a ninety percent productivity rate and were for naval, military, and many other war areas (Goodwin, 1). Minorities were now needed to fill many old and new jobs because of the pressure of war production, plus were hired in large numbers. This started the essential boom in the American economy and by 1944 wages were fifty percent higher than in 1939 (Winkler, 3). President Roosevelt was more than willing of the employment of women and blacks because of his belief that full productivity would motivate Americans to win the war. Not only did these minorities now have sustainable savings and income, but also were no longer second-class citizens. The easy income gained my most workers led to an increased revenue tax, which made it easier for America to take care of its economic interests. With the addition of the “Lend-Lease” program, which provided United States military aid to the Allies countries, the United States would acquire a heavy economic burden (Tassava, 2). After the

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