Archive for March 11th, 2014

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Here is an overview of what happened from PBS:

And of course, here is the song from the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies:

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

Roosevelt addresses Congress on December 8 to ask for a declaration of war.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Here is the story from today’s paper about the survivor who has spent his life trying to identify those buried in unmarked graves:

And here is a great youtube link showing actual reports from that day 71 years ago. I will try to actually insert the video when I get home tonight. I cannot edit this the way I want to at school: This includes the original NBC footage of the attack, as well as the Day of Infamy speech. 


Then here’s the story of the ships damaged at Pearl Harbor that were repaired to fight again (only three ships were a total loss on that day!);

Images from Manzanar

An excellent book about the tension against Japanese- Americans is Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson. It’s also a pretty good movie, although it takes out much of the discussion about how the war affected the main characters.

The famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams produced 209 photographs documenting life in Manzanar Relocation Camp, one of the camps where Japanese Americans had been forced to relocate under Executive Order 9066. The collection in the American Memory project can be found here:

1.Being loaded up for “relocation”

2. The entrance to Manzanar:

3. Dwellings– exterior

4. and interior of dwellings. Here’s how the Miyatake family lived:

5. While in camps, internees worked and went to school….

6. And even played sports and exercised

7. They also volunteered to serve the US in the military.

The 442nd Regimental Combat team served only in the European theatre, and was one of the most decorated in the war:

Here is a link to a map that shows where the relocation camps were in the US. Note the dates when they closed: