My selected topic for my class is the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "Research and analyze the pivotal historic event of your choice and use that information to make a claim for what YOU believe. Your claim will state the impact of this event on our society, our culture, our economy, our politics, our relations with the international community, etc. In other words, how (in what ways) did this event in U.S. history influence, shape, mold, or change us? This claim (thesis), which will grow out of your personal opinions, beliefs, and research, will be supported and developed with evidence." These are the directions and visuals like news articles and things of that sort that help support my claims are allowed in the project. There is also a 9-10 page requirement.
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The Bombing of Pearl Harbor
On December 7, 1941, three US warships were bombed during the attack by the Japanese
on Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 Americans. Over 400,000 American soldiers would die during the
subsequent four years (Lord 2-3). Their blood helped to secure the defeat of oppression in Asia
and Europe and laid the basis for a post-war global order made in the image of America. Japan
hoped that by crippling the US Navy with a surprise attack, they would score a pivotal victory
and start a more protracted war. The Japanese gradually increased their royal aspirations before
the attack, and the US was getting worried. Concerned over the growing Japanese aggression and
also attracted by the same natural resources needed by Japan, the US had placed restrictions on
Japan, including freezing assets and sanctioning businesses to send a diplomatic message of
disapproval. However, Japan did not scale back its empire-building but only planned to improve
its imperialistic actions (Lord 3). Therefore, they attacked Pearl Harbor and seized European
colonies through the Pacific. Pearl Harbor attack had a significant impact on the society, culture,
economy, politics, and relations within the international community.
The Impact of Pearl Harbor Attack
The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a crucial moment in the United States (US) and the
world’s history. The attack pushed the US into the Second World War and led to a series of
happenings that would change the country into a worldwide superpower and protector of the
global order. Years after the bombing, the legacy now faces possibly its most significant
challenge. Whether the US would have faced the Second World War II without Pearl Harbor is a
debatable issue. President Franklin Roosevelt had for long been angling for US involvement.
Therefore, FDR was much aware that expansionism of the Japanese in Asia and German
exaggeration in Europe caused trouble for America (Lawson & Middleton n.p).
Nevertheless, the anti-war feeling at home implied that FDR had to plod carefully. A
series of Neutrality Acts constrained the assistance rendered to China, Britain, and French
governments. In contrast, anti-war groups like America First had hundreds of thousands of
members. It is not clear whether the FDR would prosper in steering the US into open conflicts
with fascist controls (Lawson & Middleton n.p). Pearl Harbor enabled them to have more than
enough reasons to wage war against the Japanese and their friends in Europe. However, looked
at a historical standpoint, it is apparent that the attack was more than the opening for the entry of
America into the Second World War. Slightly, the attack established a grave moment in the
history of US foreign affairs, shelving seclusion as an influential force in local politics and
making foreign engagement the established norm.
Impact on International Community
The battle effort needed a substantial organization of the US society and economy. By the
time it ended in 1945, the US had created the most considerable fighting force in its history. It
established a military base structure that traversed the globe. The US occupied Japan and other