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Roosevelt signing the Declaration of War against Japan on the day following the attack On December 7,the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the U.
After two hours of bombing, 18 U. The day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the 77th United States Congress.
Roosevelt called December 7 "a date which will live in infamy". Congress declared war on the Empire of Japan amid outrage at the attack, the deaths of thousands of Americans, and the late delivery of the note from the Japanese government breaking off relations with the U.
Pacifist Representative Jeannette Rankina Republican from Montanacast the only dissenting vote. Roosevelt signed the declaration of war later the same day. Continuing to intensify its military mobilization, the U. Japanese Americans from the West Coast were sent to internment camps for the duration of the war.
The attack on Pearl Harbor immediately galvanized a divided nation into action. Public opinion had been moving towards support for entering the war duringbut considerable opposition remained until the attack. Some historians, among them Samuel Eliot Morisonbelieve the attack doomed Imperial Japan to defeat simply because it awakened the "sleeping giant", regardless of whether the fuel depots or machine shops had been destroyed or even if the carriers had been caught in port and sunk.
Others, such as Clay Blair, Jr. The closest friend Roosevelt had in the developing Allied alliance, Sir Winston Churchillstated that his first thought regarding American assistance to the United Kingdom was that "We have won the war"  very soon after Pearl Harbor had been attacked.
Perceptions of treachery in the attack before a declaration of war sparked fears of sabotage or espionage by Japanese sympathizers residing in the U.
Other factors included misrepresentations of intelligence information suggesting sabotage, notably by General John DeWittcommanding general of Western Defense Command on the Pacific Coast, who had personal feelings against Japanese Americans.
Propaganda made repeated use of the attack, because its effect was enormous and impossible to counter. The Japanese document discussed world peace and the disruptive actions of the United States and the United Kingdom. The document claimed all avenues for averting war had been exhausted by the Government of Japan.
Although the Imperial Japanese government had made some effort to prepare their population for war via anti-U.
Nevertheless, the people at home and overseas thereafter generally accepted their government's account of the attack and supported the war effort until their nation's surrender in In any case, Japanese-American relationships had already significantly deteriorated since Japan's invasion of China beginning in the early s, of which the United States strongly disapproved.
In light of Japan's dependence on imported oil, the trade embargoes were especially significant. These pressures directly influenced Japan to go into alliance with Germany and Italy through the Tripartite Pact.
According to Kurusu, because of these reasons, the Allies had already provoked war with Japan long before the attack at Pearl Harbor, and the United States was already preparing for war with Japan.
Kurusu also stated, falsely, that the United States was looking for world domination, beyond just Asia, with "sinister designs".
He also had mentioned European imperialism toward Japan many years before. Therefore, according to Kurusu, Japan had no choice but to defend itself and so should rapidly continue to militarize, bring Germany and Italy closer as allies and militarily combat the United States, Britain, and the Netherlands.
Japan's leaders also saw themselves as justified in their conduct, believing that they were building the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. They also explained Japan had done everything possible to alleviate tension between the two nations.The United States could out-produce Japan in every category of armaments as well as build weapons, such as long-range bombers, that Japan could not; and though Japan could fight a war in East Asia and the Western Pacific, it .
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On December 8, , the United States Congress declared war (Public Law , 55 STAT ) on the Empire of Japan in response to that country's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the prior day. It was formulated an hour after the Infamy Speech of US President Franklin D.
Roosevelt. Close analysis shows that the attached World War II propaganda poster is one such image (Figure 1). This poster, titled This is the Enemy, circulated in the United States following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The United States declares war on Japan On this day, as America’s Pacific fleet lay in ruins at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt requests, and receives, a declaration of war against.