What Happened on December 7th, 1941?

By Amiya


Pearl Harbor happened to be one of the worst attack in American History before 9/11. The Japanese planned this attack very well. The attack was an incredibly surprising on Hawaii. Japan attacked first. In World War I, Japan and America used to be allies. Pearl Harbor was one of the worst attacks in American History. The Japanese Americans were strongly affected after this attack.


During World War II, the United States were trying to  stay out of the fighting. However, the Japanese attacked, surprisingly, because they wanted to weaken the  the United States. America prohibited Japan from exporting steel, iron and other materials. This cause Japan to get angry with the U.S. During WW II,  everyone needed materials for housing,ships, and weapons.Victor Davis Hanson writes, “ In short, for the Japanese, December 1941 seemed an google time to attack the United States.” This proves my topic sentence by explaining by why Japan decided to attack Pearl Harbor. Japan did not like the fact that the U.S. prohibited the exporting agreement they had. Japan wanted the U.S. to give Japan the exporting privileges back. PearlHarbor.org states, “Prior to December 1941, Japan pursued two simultaneous courses: try to get the oils embargo lifted on terms that would still let them take the territory they wanted, and … to prepare for war.” This supports my topic sentence because this was another reason why Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Japan was angry with the U.S. The leader of Japan knew this was a smart idea because after this surprise attack this would leave U.S. President Roosevelt in a weak position and would have to give Japan the exporting deal back so they would not attack the U.S. again. Ed Cohen publishes, “Japan knew it couldn’t possibly conquer the United States, but its leaders gambled that a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor would leave Roosevelt in a weakened negotiating position.” This supports my topic sentence because Japan knew they did not have the strong enough army to fight the U.S. but they did anyways. The Japanese chose to attack in order to weaken the United States which caused great destruction.


Pearl Harbor ended up being one of the worst attacks in American History before 9/11. During the attack, the Japanese destroyed almost all of the USS ships and killed nearly 3,000 people. History.com states,Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed nearly 20 American ships and more than 300 airplanes. Dry docks and airfields were likewise destroyed. Most important, almost 2,500 men were killed and another 1,000 were wounded.” The Japanese did a scary and surprising attack killing many people in Hawaii and destroyed many of the US war ships. Japan left Hawaii’s pacific fleet in total destruction and devastation.  Eyewitnesstohistory.com states, “Behind them they left chaos, 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships.” Japan did not realize how much destruction they would cause but it didn’t matter to them. Japan did the attack on,y to cause great destruction and leave President Roosevelt in a weak position.  Ushistory.org states, “December 7, 1941, almost 3,000 Americans were killed. Six battleships were destroyed or rendered unseaworthy” Japan attacked Pearl Harbor to have President Roosevelt to be left in a confused position to let Japan have the embargo agreement back.


The Japanese Americans were put into internment camps. They were punished because the Japanese did this attack. The internment camps started because of Executive Order 9066 which was created because President Roosevelt thought the Japanese Americans were sneaky. PBS.org states, ”These Japanese Americans, half of whom were children, were incarcerated for up to 4 years.The Japanese Americans were punished because of their country’s actions and they were innocent. Not only did they have to go to internment camps they had to leave their houses and their jobs. PBS.org notes,They were forced to evacuate their homes and leave their jobs; in some cases family members were separated and put into different camps. The Japanese Americans had nothing to do with this attack. Coming to a new country was hard and now they had to be separated from their families which must have been terrible. Innocent US citizens were put in jail. PBS.org reveals that, “Some Japanese Americans died in the camps due to inadequate medical care and the emotional stresses they encountered. Several were killed by military guards posted for allegedly resisting orders.People were not just forced from their but homes, but got killed in the internment camps. The Japanese Americans were put in internment camps and they were innocent and had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese caused Pearl Harbor to be one of the worst attacks in American History. The Japanese were angry with the USA and decided to attack. The Japanese Americans were punished for no good reason.


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