Pearl Harbor Dbq Essay

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• In the words of the late President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” • This strike was brought about by the United States placing an economic embargo on Japan and its territories. • The economic embargo placed on Japan was due to the Japanese invasion of China, which raised an issue for America due to the Open Door policy they had with China. • In turn, the Japanese felt the need to retaliate against the United States for intervening in affairs between the two countries of Japan and China. • For the Japanese deemed the act as unfair, and they sought out vengeance by the way of a wave of …show more content…

• The reason for the Japanese attacking the location of Pearl Harbor was because it was home to the US Pacific Fleet, which was viewed as their only threat. • Preparations for the attack included the Japanese approaching the island of Oahu slowly and stealthy in order to be undetected by the American air and naval forces around the Hawaiian Islands. • They had to draw the attention of the Americans away from the naval base and towards Southeast Asia. • As the Japanese were increasingly coming up along the shores to attack, they came to the conclusion that the northern coast was more vulnerable than to the south or to the west. • Leaving the harbor pretty much clear due to all of the diversions placed before the United States set in place for the Japanese to attack while also minimalizing their losses. • By the time the Americans had picked up the Japanese bombers on their radar, it was too late. • The first wave was led by torpedo bombers which exposed the American’s defense and left them vulnerable • The first strike by the Japanese accounts for approximately ninety percent of the total devastation on Peal

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