For the United States, the Second World War began on December 7th, 1941 with the Japanese Surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor, shortly afterwards, Germany would also declare war on the United States. The United States had remained isolationist after The Great War and did not want to interfere in the rising conflicts overseas. In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt ran a presidential campaign of neutrality to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia, soon afterwards he would become the wartime president in the world’s largest conflict.
American-Japanese tensions were high. The American public was disgusted with the Japanese Army actions in China, such as the Rape of Nanjing, and their expansionist attitude. The American government placed an embargo on Japan, cutting resources necessary to continue the war with China, namely oil and isolating further trade from Western Countries. The Japanese military devised a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor to disable the US Navy so that it could strike in the natural resource-rich areas of South East Asia held by colonial powers and the United States. Four years of difficult fighting later the Axis powers would be defeated.
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This quiz was created by Chris O’Meara.