The Attack on Pearl Harbor
"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
On December 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor changed the course of American history. Although most Americans were shocked by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the outbreak of war between the two countries came as no surprise to most observers of international affairs.
You can rely on Thinkfinity for authentic documents, interactive attack maps, stage-setting historical insight and connections to current events to help students better understand the political messages, economic climate, and timelines of this important historical event.
- Remembering Pearl Harbor will bring the drama of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, into your classroom with photos, firsthand accounts and narration -moment by moment, target by target.
- America on the Sidelines: The United States and World Affairs, 1931-1941, a interactive timeline, will help your students understand the U.S. response to crises in Europe and East Asia leading up to 1941.
- You may view the original naval dispatch announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor, "This is not a drill." Naval Dispatch".
- See President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's address to the nation, complete with his handwritten edits in this primary source document, "A date which will live in infamy." FDR's Address to the Nation
- Help your students understand how wars have shaped U.S. history with this online interactive exhibit, The Price of Freedom: Americans At War.
- Can your students compare Pearl Harbor with other current events using an interactive venn diagram?
- Perhaps you would like to share the Sheet Music: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition! inspired by the phrase a chaplain used to comfort and motivate his U.S. Navy Troups while they were under attack.
Please feel free to add a comment with additional resources or strategies you use to teach your students about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Do you have them compare it to any other current events?