The Day of Infamy

The Day of Infamy

The day was described as “the day of infamy,” a day that will be in the history of the United States for years to come. Japanese Air forces bombarded the U.S. naval base in Oahu, Hawaii, also known as Pearl Harbor. This attack led to hundreds of injuries and twice as many deaths. The attack included hundreds of storming, Japanese carrier-based planes. Unprepared, American soldiers were only able to shoot down twenty-nine of them. Overall, the assailment caused great destruction and a solid justification to declare war with Japan. United States citizens previously debated whether or not to aid Britain in war, but after Pearl Harbor the debate was over, and all the ...

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until proven innocent. The Issei, Japanese Americans, worried that Americans would mistake their loyalty to their homeland and emperor, for an evil and demising alliance. Many Japanese citizens were so alarmed that they destroyed anything they owned that may be suspicious, such as Japanese flags, samurai swords, and books in the Japanese language. They stayed indoors, and listened to radios to wait and find out when it would be safe to show themselves on the streets. The other group of Japanese citizens, the Nisei, were more confident than the rest: “They were U.S. citizens. America was their country; nothing bad could happen to them there” (Yancey 23). They proved their loyalty by purchasing war bonds, joining the Red Cross, volunteering for civilian defense patrols, and even joining the military before they were drafted. Despite the citizen’s desperate attempts to prove that there was no reason to think they were dangerous, the FBI began their roundup, only hours after the ...

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Added: 4/11/2011 02:10:27 PM
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Category: American History
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