The Bombing Of The United States Essay

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At the start of WWII the United States tried to adopt an isolationist policy but was providing significant material support to Britain and strangling trade with Japan well before declaring war. Three months would pass until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which would compel the United States into the global conflict. On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor without warning sinking and damaging eighteen ships, one hundred and eighty eight aircrafts were destroyed and two thousand, four hundred and three, military and civilian personnel were killed. On December 8th, 1941 the United States and Britain declares war on Japan. President Roosevelt addresses Congress and the American people and called the attack “a date which will live in infamy”. American citizens were already suspicious of Japanese espionage on the American home front before the attack, these suspicions sparked fears of sabotage by Japanese sympathizers residing in America, including American citizens of Japanese decent. General John DeWitt the commanding General of the Western Defense Command on America’s west coast was misrepresenting intelligence information, due to his personal feelings against Japanese Americans.
February 19th, 1942 President Roosevelt authorized the internment of Japanese Americans with Executive Order 9066, which gave the military the powers to relocate all people of Japanese decent from Oregon, Washington and Arizona to California. Approximately one hundred and…

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