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  1. Introduction.
    1. Japan prior to Pearl Harbor.
  2. German threat towards the American way of life.
  3. Germany's aggressive designs.
  4. The claims of fascist and Nazi oppression and their affect on Americans.
  5. The collapse of democracy in Europe.
  6. The speech by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
  7. The ambitions of Nazi Germany.
  8. Japan's economic disadvantage.
  9. Conclusion.

When the origin of the United States' entrance into World War II is reviewed Pearl Harbor is the event that justified American intervention. Once bombs were dropped in Hawaii the U.S. had no choice but to declare war on Japan. The United States' values and interests were threatened and within days Germany declared war on the U.S. The world was involved in a total war, which would be a struggle for survival and the right to lead the world after the hostilities. Prior to Pearl Harbor Japan had ambitiously increased their empire in the Pacific, which was of concern to the United States government. At the same time the Japanese were suffering from a U.S. economic embargo, which severely hurt their economy. The embargo proved to be effective and ultimately led to the Pearl Harbor attack. Across the Atlantic Ocean, Hitler and Nazi Germany were consolidating their power. Hitler had secured passage of an enabling act permitting him to bypass the Reichstag, moved to ban trade unions, eradicate rival political parties, and oppress the church.

[...] No Choice but War: The United States Embargo against Japan and the Eruption of War in the Pacific. Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers [1]Roland H. Worth Jr., No Choice But War: The United States Embargo Against Japan and the Eruption of War in the Pacific (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 1943) [2]Steven Casey. Cautious Crusade : Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War Against Nazi Germany. (Oxford University Press, 2001) New York Times Apr 1939. [...]


[...] The German threat to the American way of life was growing and strong opinions had begun to form by the late 1930s. It was apparent that Germany wanted world domination at all costs, which was totally irreconcilable with democratic thought. Another United States senator, William H. King of Utah saw his country at a crossroads in which it must preserve the proper order of the world and emerge as a stronger nation than Germany and other aggressor nations. Speaking in front of the National Labor Committee he argued: The free peoples of the world are engaged in a gigantic struggle to preserve for themselves and for prosperity the gains of civilization achieved through centuries of conflict and growth. [...]


[...] Hitler Attacks Pearl Harbor: Why the United States Declared War on Germany. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc Kuczynski, Jurgen. Germany: Economic and Labour Conditions under Fascism. New York: Greenwood Press Publishers Laurie, Clayton D. The Propaganda Warriors: America's Crusade Against Nazi Germany. University Press of Kansas New York Times Apr 1939. New York Times January 1939. New York Times September 1940. New York Times April 1940. New York Times April 1940. New York Times June 1939. New York Times January 1939. [...]

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