Although the attack was a complete surprise, the United States had had tension with Japan for decades. The United States hated how the Japanese had been treating the people in China. Japan declared war on China because they thought the only way to help their economy was to gain territory from China their neighbor. Next the U.S stopped selling oil to Japan. Although the U.S. was not close with Japan, no one expected Japan to bomb the U.S. After the attacking Roosevelt asked congress to declare war on Japan.
However Imperial Japanese Navy had already lost almost all of its power and could not prevent U.S. from landing. Also depleting air strength meant the remaining warplanes had to be hoarded to defend Japanese Home Islands. With no available means to defend Iwo Jima, Japan decided to rely on the established defensive equipment in the area and check U.S. by delaying tactics to gain time for defense of the mainland. Japanese Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi was assigned the task of defending Iwo Jima. Knowing he couldn’t win the battle, he aimed at inflicting heavy casualties on American forces to force them to reconsider invasion of Mainland Japan.
America did not want to be a target for enemy countries. President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in order to destroy the Pacific fleet so the U.S. would not be able to fight back as they spread across the South Pacific. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor America joined the war. This single attack killed more
Pearl Harbor was a day that was unexpected to all mankind. It was a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed would "live in infamy." Way before the attack Japan had spies in flight to see how our ships were set up. This gave the Japanese an idea of how they were going to attack us. That is when it all happened, early Sunday morning of December 7, 1941.
Thesis statement: Though many speculate that the act of dropping the atomic bomb on Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) while not doing so on Europe (Germany and Italy) was racially motivated, racism played little to no role in these bombings. The United States of America and her allies were willing to end World War II at any cost, had the atomic bombs been available they would have been deployed in Europe. In the 1940’s there is no doubt that the United States of America was engulfed by mass anti-Japanese hysteria which inevitably bled over into America’s foreign policy. During this period Japanese people living in both Japan and the United States of America were seen as less that human. Japanese-Americans living on the west coast were savagely and unjustifiably uprooted from their daily lives.
When the japanese attacked unprovoked merica was thrown into an uproar. The reason that the japanese attacked Pearl was to cripple the American fleet in the Pacific. Pearl Harbor was the main American naval outpost in the Pacific and for that the japanese saw it as a
I do not believe the United States was justified in the demolition and demise of Japanese citizens and structures. The United States could have looked into other means of encouraging Japanese surrender. In fact, the Japanese were aware they were clearly losing the war in the Pacific, and offered to surrender on August 3rd, but because it was not an 'unconditional ' surrender, the offer was rejected, paying true to the U.S. 's 13 Consequences, which proclaimed, “Following are our terms. We will not deviate from them. There are no alternatives.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to recompense each surviving internee with a tax-free check for $20,000 and an apology from the U.S. government. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941, rumors spread, fueled by race prejudice, of a plot among Japanese-Americans to sabotage the war
Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbour in early December 1941, the American people were hesitant about joining World War II. However the attack which impacted the nation directly, ignited a desire for revenge on the Japanese. The attack sent the country into a panic, and the American government were not at all pleased with the unprovoked surprise attack. Thus, the use of racial stereotyping and dehumanising the Japanese, representing them as rats, became prominent during World War II. The American government used the attack on Pearl Harbour to demonise the Japanese in various different ways, creating a common hatred for their enemy nationwide.