The Attack On Pearl Harbor

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A Day of Infamy

A Day which will live in infamy (Staff, 2009). This famous words were delivered by former United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A day that change America forever. This paper will provide a description of the events that build up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the effects of the attack and will also provide insight on how the United States responded.


For four years, conflict between China and Japan continued to escalate influencing U.S. relations with both nations, and eventually contributed to the United States involvement toward s a full-scale war with Japan. In 1940 and 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt formalized U.S. aid to China by extending credits to China for the purchase of war supplies and at the same time it slowly began to tighten restrictions on Japan. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, but Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades (Office of the Historian, 2016).

Despite the efforts to remain neutral of any conflict, United States was growing uneasy particularly with Japan’s attitude toward China. Japan at the time was looking to expand and improve its economic status. The Japanese government solution to these problems was to take over of china which represented an expansion in Japan territory and importing market. In 1937, Japan declared war on China. American responded to this aggression with a series of economic sanctions and trade embargoes. The idea was that restricting access

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