Attack on Pearl Harbor

Attackon Pearl Harbor

Ina world weighted with war from the Pacific to Europe, America hadremained unperturbed with no attention to the war happening on herneighbor’s doorstep. In his videos, George Pubis describesAmericans as isolationists, who preferred to address the needs oftheir country rather than the ongoing war. In the early and late1930’s, America concerned itself with the mobilization of resourcesand uplifting of its economy from the great depression (Pubis).Before the Second World War, the American community only focused onits growth and social wellbeing. Pubis goes further to elaborate theNeutrality Acts of 1935-37, sanctioned to isolate the Americancommunity from the war.

Ina vague attempt to wipe out American ship carriers in the Pacific,hundreds of Japanese fighter jets attacked Pearl Harbor. With 2400dead American soldiers and destroyed ships, the American communityhad no option but to retaliate. In a matter of hours, Americadeclared war on Japan. The once isolated American community was readyto fight. Influenced by the spirit of patriotism, every Americancitizen wanted to help in the war against Japan (Hoog 21). Americannationalists could no longer stay at home knowing that their countrywas at war. The economic resources were mobilized for the army. Largenumbers of American citizens including women signed up as Americansoldiers. The reserve army of labor was employed and fully utilizedincreasing economic growth and productivity. For instance, carmanufacturing American industries started producing military cars andweapons for the army use.

Thewar affected American lives socially, politically, and economically.Research shows that as a result of the war, many women listed andjoined the army. Due to the stress that the war placed on theAmerican economy, many women and young men were employed making upthe reserve army of labor, which became the working force of thenation (Hoog 22). The war resulted in increased migration patternsfrom the rural to urban and sub-urban regions, which influenced thegrowth of urbanization. The war affected a fashion change whereAmerica nationalists replaced cotton and cotton wool clothes withcheaper materials. Famine spread across America causing migrationthat resulted in overpopulation in urban areas (Hoog 22). The waracted as an external catalyst that brought both economic andsocio-political change in the American community. Seventy-seven yearslater, America is ending the war that it entered involuntarily. Thesignificance of the war describes modern day America’ssocial-economic and political structure.


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