1941 - THE U.S. AT WAR: Pearl Harbor and Declaration of War Against Japan

Dec. 7, 1941; National Ordeal; Tragedy at Honolulu

Dec 7, 1941

It was Sunday midday, clear and sunny. Many a citizen was idly listening to the radio when the flash came that the Japanese had attacked Hawaii. In Topeka they were listening to The Spirit of '41 and napping on their sofas after dinner. In San Francisco they were listening to the news, Philharmonic and Strings in Swingtime.

Out on the Pacific the great drama of U.S. history was coming to a climax. There was an unanswered question: What would the people, the 132,000,000, say? Sometimes they just said, "Well, it's here." Terse, inadequate words gave outward signs of the unfinished...

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