The Bombing Of Pearl Harbor

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The past 120 years have brought many changes, as well as surprises, to the United States of America. There have been inventions such as the automobile, the airplane, the television and even travel in space. There have been changes like the World Wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression and the cold war. Through the years, the American people have encountered joy, peace, and tragedy. One of the greatest tragedies experienced by Americans occurred on Sunday, December 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor Naval Base. One could consider this incident the first act of terrorism against America. The attack and defeat of the United States at Pearl Harbor forced America into World War II. This single act left a tremendous impact on society and is significant because it was a day that changed history. Surrounded by land on the southern coast of Oahu, near Honolulu, in the Hawaiian Islands lies the port of Pearl Harbor. At the time of the attack, Hawaii was not a state. However, the United States claimed it as a territory. The U.S. Navy established a base at Pearl Harbor to house the Pacific Fleet, to train the men for war and in the early 1940’s the base became a supply post for resources for Great Britain in their fight against the Nazis Germany attacks. In 1940, World War II was well under way with Great Britain, France, the USSR, China, Greece and other Allies against the Axis Powers when the Japanese decided to bomb Pearl Harbor. Until this point, the United States’ stance had

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