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Two Tragic Events In American History

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In American history two tragic events have become iconic in American society. These events are the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the attacks against America on September 11, 2001. On December 7, 1941, the American naval base Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese empire. On 9/11 the World Trade Center was attacked by Islamic men. These men hijacked two planes and crashed the planes into the World Trade Center in New York. A third plane was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. A fourth plane crashed into a field southeast of Pittsburgh due to resistance from the passengers and crew. The American presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush gave speeches.The speeches were designed to inform and to reassure the American people. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the president at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, gave a speech to Congress which was recorded so the American people knew what had occurred. George W. Bush, the American president during the September, 11th 2001, event, addressed the nation later on September 11th. In the…show more content…
Prior to Americas entry into World War II, the U.S had frozen Japanese assets in America on July 26, 1941, and August 1, 1941, and then placed an embargo on the export of oil to Japan. These actions were done in response to Japanese actions in French Indo-China. The Japanese had invaded Indo-China and had driven the French from their colony. These dealings resulted in Japanese and American negotiations concerning the trade exchange for Japan to stop its militaristic advances. Eventually these negotiations stalemated and Japan decided something needed to be done. So a military action was decided upon by the Japanese. Admiral Yamato had been planning a attack on the American base at Pearl Harbor located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The plan was to attack the American Pacific fleet and give the Japanese a advantage over the
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