Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Speech

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Exert from Roosevelts speech to Congress asking for a Declaration of War against Japan after the attacks on Pearl Harbor

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Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Infamy

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The United States was at with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack. Peace bombing Pacific.

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of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. It will be recorded that the distance During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

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The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu……. damage torpedoed

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With confidence in our armed forces - with the un-bounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God. I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

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