A Day of Infamy


President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to Congress on December 8, 1941, his famous “Day of Infamy” speech, was a call to arms. One day after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. military bases across the Pacific Ocean, Roosevelt expressed outrage at Japan and confidence in the “inevitable triumph” of the United States. Roosevelt concluded by asking Congress to declare that a state of war existed between the United States and Japan.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate Used with the permission of the U.S. Senate



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