Before The Attack

Learn how tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan were mounting months before the attack. The bomb plots, undelivered U.S. intelligence warnings, the forming of the America First Committee, and more.

More Facts About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

June 15, 2017 ·  
December 7th, 1941. It will forever be one of the most notable dates in American history, the day Japan launched a surprise aerial assault on an US naval base. We’ve gathered some random facts about the attack on Pearl Harbor to paint a broader picture of what the attack really meant in the long run. […]
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The Hull Note: The Final Piece Leading to War

June 07, 2017 ·  
Prior to the events of December 7th, 1941, the casual observer may have assumed that the United States was simply minding its own business when Japan conceived its malicious plan to send a strike force to Pearl Harbor. Initially, it seemed as if Japan struck without reason, beyond a fear that the United States would stonewall its […]
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A Quick History of American–Japanese Relations

May 22, 2017 ·  
On the morning of December 7th, 1941, there was no mistaking the message that Japan wanted to send: they had had enough of being policed by the US. The Empire of Japan sought to take over the Pacific, and nothing was going to stand in its way. Though tensions between the two nations erupted on that […]
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The Inevitable War, the Surprise Attack

May 03, 2017 ·  
That tensions between the United States and Japan were reaching an all-time high was no surprise. Japanese advances across Asia didn’t bode well for American interests, despite trade deals that saw exports of steel and other raw materials coming from the US to supply Japan’s industries. While much of the nation was against the notion of […]
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The Economic Warfare that Led to Pearl Harbor

April 29, 2017 ·  
The conflict between the United States and Japan has long since been extinguished, but over 75 years ago, the two powers were locked in a tense struggle. Before Japan and the US became locked in bloody battles across the Pacific, and before the Imperial Japanese Navy launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the US had […]
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Road to War: The Lead-Up to Pearl Harbor

April 19, 2017 ·  
What causes a nation to attack an unsuspecting naval base filled with men simply going about their day? How do the leaders of a country justify the killing of thousands, in a nation it’s not even at war with? These are questions that many people pose when they look at the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on […]
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Japan’s Initiative: What if the Attack on Pearl Harbor Never Happened?

January 21, 2017 ·  
We know that on December 7th, 1941, Japanese bombers launched an attack on Pearl Harbor, officially drawing the United States into World War II. After the attack, American forces battled in the Pacific and European fronts, lending aid to Allied soldiers at Normandy and other notable battles while fending off Japan’s forces on the other […]
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The Newspaper Ad Warning

January 14, 2017 ·  
One very important thing when learning about history is ensuring that what you’re reading is accurate. As you dig through countless articles and blogs retelling the events of calamities like the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, you may come across mentions of a newspaper ad that allegedly served as a forewarning of […]
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History of the Harbor

December 14, 2016 ·  
History of the Harbor Do an online search for Pearl Harbor and you'll find countless results pointing towards one devastating day in the history of the harbor. On December 7th, 1941, with the rest of the world already locked in battle, the United States was forced into the fray when Japanese bombers flew in and […]
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Notable Letters From Pearl Harbor

November 24, 2016 ·  
“If I live thru it, I’ll be glad not to have missed it.” These are the words Mrs Jane Colestock, wife of Lieutenant Edward Colestock, wrote just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Along with many others, Jane had family and friends overseas while she was in the midst of the […]
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