Date: December 7, 1941 Time: 8:00 a.m. Location: Pearl Harbor Hawaii on the island of Oahu
What caused this? An attack on American soil by the Japanese was predictable. Tensions had been increasing between Japan and other countries, such as the west whom they saw as a military competition and China and Russia whom they recently went to war with. In 1933, Japan withdrew themselves from the League of Nations. The United States had put an embargo on oil to Japan in July of 1941. An agreement could not be reached and the Japanese planned a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on a Sunday morning when it was least expected.
Activity: Review the article linked at the top of the glide show and answer the following questions. How much damage was done by the Japanese? How many Americans were killed in this battle? What event occurred the day after the attack? What was the House of Representatives vote to declare war? What happened three days after the Pearl Harbor attack?