Pearl Harbor: Before, During, and After Essay

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Pearl Harbor is easily one of the most disastrous events that occurred on American soil. It was a deliberate attack against the United States from Japan. Before December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked, America had decided not to get involved in European affairs, which included the beginning of World War II. However, once the United States saw how much Britain and the Soviet Union were suffering from fighting with the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan), America felt obligated to help in some way to help without actually entering the war. Weapons, money, and food were sent over seas to help aid them in any way it could. It was very obvious that if America had entered the war, we would join the side of the Allies (Great Britain, …show more content…
These Neutrality Acts had banned travel on belligerents’ ships and banned the sale of weapons and aid to countries at war. By enforcing these policies, Congress had hoped that America would be able to avoid conflicts about freedom overseas which had contributed them to the involvement in World War I. (Foner 846-847) However, these policies of isolation did not last for the United States. Meanwhile, Germany seemed like an unstoppable force. Allied with Germany, Japan and Italy had all formed as the Axis Powers in September of 1940. Their invasions and control over all of Europe seemed inevitable as the months went on. France had fallen in about six weeks which was a very undesirable factor for the Allied side. For about the first two years of the war, Great Britain had been fighting the Axis Powers alone. They had been suffering and were in need of desperate aid. Even though it was obvious that Hitler’s aggression was a direct threat to the United States, it was still a majority public opinion that the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean would keep them safe. To compromise with the American people, Congress had allowed the sale of arms to Britain to fight the Axis powers on a cash-and-carry basis. As Britain got more and more desperate for help, congress passed the Lend-Lease Act. Because Britain was very close to bankrupt, they couldn’t afford the cash-and-carry method and the Lend-Lease Act allowed us to keep

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