Bridge the past and the present as we explore the impact of Pearl Harbor. Savvas Learning Company presents these free resources to teach your students how Pearl Harbor has affected their lives today, in ways seen and unseen.
The Pearl Harbor attack was an event that rocked the United States and precipitated our country’s entry into World War II. The surprise aerial attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base by the Japanese took place on December 7, 1941, and devastated the U.S. military Pacific fleet. Luckily, not all the fleet was destroyed on that day, as the aircraft carriers were away from the base during the attack. Over 2,400 American sailors and civilians died and more than 1,000 were injured. The news, due to lack of technology, did not travel quickly. Most of the attack was complete before the rest of the country and the world heard the news. We still honor the day in history, and the area surrounding the naval base in Oahu Island, Hawaii, has many commemorative monuments.
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt learned about the attack, he said that December 7, 1941, would be a date that would “live in infamy.” The next day, the United States Congress declared war on Japan. This day truly was one that military and citizens alike would not soon forget. Honolulu, Hawaii had a big, if not the biggest, military fleet in America. Luckily, not all the fleet was housed in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
The Pearl Harbor attack changed the course of history and caused the United States to enter into World War II earlier than Roosevelt intended. The attack would also bring retaliation from the United States resulting in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The events at Pearl Harbor changed the course of history.
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