Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Pearl Harbor” Speech


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President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his “Pearl Harbor” Speech to both houses of Congress on December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese air force had attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. In the speech, Roosevelt set out the case for entering World War II. By this time, World War II was well under way, but the United States was only indirectly involved. The attack devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet in less than two hours. More than 2,500 Americans...