Essay on The Bombing Of Pearl Harbor

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Franklin D. Roosevelt once famously called December 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, “a date which will live in infamy”, but the period following December 7, 1941, Japanese Internment, would be just as infamous. Pearl Harbor was a devastating event. Japan launched a massive air strike on Pearl Harbor, a naval base in Hawaii, killing 2403 American citizens and many more were wounded. The bombs sunk eight battleships, four naval vessels, three destroyers, and demolished three light cruisers. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor to destroy the naval fleet in the Pacific Ocean, so it didn’t have to worry about being attacked by that fleet, and as revenge for the embargo that the United States placed on natural resources being exported to Japan. After the horrendous event of Pearl Harbor, the United States’ fear of Japan grew, the United States feared that the Japanese-Americans in the United States were part of the bombing or would be loyal to Japan. Just about a month after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066, ordering over 110,000 Japanese-Americans living on the west coast to move to internment camps. These American citizens were uprooted from their lives, homes, and jobs, and imprisoned; their only crime was being of Japanese descent. The internment of Japanese-Americans was an inappropriate response to Japan’s attacks on America because the United States imprisoned American citizens based upon racial prejudices, treated…

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