Joshua M. Gendron


Due to events that occurred in December of 1941, the United States brought about changes throughout the world. Although World War Two had been going on since September 1, 1939, the United States had never wanted to become involved. They signed various peace treaties, such as the Neutrality Acts, that stated that the United States would not help either side in the war.  Although the United States was staying neutral, they had done many things to help the allied powers and diminish the possible communist takeover being sought by the axis powers. The three communist leaders were Benitto Mussolini, dictator of Italy, Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany, and Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union. The three leaders believed that Fascism was the best type of government. They ruled over their people with terror. Hitler took it to the extreme and created Nazism, which gave him control over everything in his country. The United States knew that Fascism and Nazism were not the right way to run a country, but they did not want to have to enter the war unless it was completely necessary.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, “A day that will live in infamy”. On that day, Japanese bomber and fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu. There was actually fore warning of the attack, on the morning of December 7, 1941. Two soldiers gave news to their commanding officer that there were many planes coming into the mainland. The officer ignored the message because he was expecting a friendly squadron of B-17’s that afternoon.  Thirty minutes later the first bomb was dropped on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese sent 423 ...

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