A Day of Infamy

America, led by Franklin D. Roosevelt, placed an embargo on all aviation fuel, steel, scrap iron, and other raw materials to Japan. Then, a crucial event took place on August 17th, 1940; Lieutenant-Colonel Friedman (an American Cryptographer) breaks the secret "Japanese Purple Code (MAGIC)" (Essential Pearl Harbor). America could now decipher some secret messages being sent to and from Japan.

The Japanese government saw these acts on behalf of America, an Arsenal of Democracy, as a threat to Japan remaining an independent and surviving nation. Because their country lacks natural resources and had an embargo placed on them, the Japanese government decided to overpower and occupy the areas in Southeast Asia that had lots of resources (Infamy). Top Japanese officials felt that war with the United States was inevitable, but with a large American fleet in the Pacific stationed at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, war was going to be difficult if Japan was on the defensive. It would have been to Japan's advantage if they were the ones to pick the time and place of battle, as they went on to do. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto came up with the idea of annihilating the entire American pac


 
 
 
 
 
 



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PROFESSIONAL ESSAYS
 
The Attack on Pearl Harbor & US Entry in WWII... Harbor. World & I, 15(10), 288-294. Lord, W. (1957). Day of Infamy. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Co. Prange, GW (1988). December 7 ... (2067 8 )

Role of the Individual in the Holocaust... The message is clearly that if freedom is not exercised by individuals, one day that freedom will be taken and ... will bring him glory, not infamy " (Survival 135 ... (1373 5 )

Influence of Julius Caesar on Western Civilization... vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered), have lived in infamy for modern ... Caesar's Gallic conquests added the whole of modern day Belgium, Holland and France to ... (797 3 )

Julius Caesar and the West... vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered), have lived in infamy for modern ... CaesarÆs Gallic conquests added the whole of modern day Belgium, Holland and France ... (797 3 )

Eagle Against the Sun... The day of the attack was memorialized by President Roosevelt's description---"a date which will live in infamy" (7). So brutal was the Japanese attack that ... (1499 6 )

Poetry of the Cold War... The world woke next day in one heck of a fix: Every place where a date was said ... Cal in the next Rose Bowl game!" The Pope spoke up then: "This is dark infamy! ... (2427 10 )

 
 

 
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