"Japan Attacks U.S.," from The Anderson Independent, 7 December 1941

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The front page of the afternoon edition of The Anderson Independent tells of Japan's surprise attack on the American fleet stationed in Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. Three battleships, eleven smaller ships, one hundred seventy planes, and almost twenty-four hundred people were lost from that surprise attack.  As the newspaper indicates, the United States declared war on Japan on the following day.  Hitler and Mussolini immediately declared war on the United States in support of Japan. The attack on Pearl Harbor marked the entry of the United States into World War II.


“Japan Attacks U.S.”  The Anderson Independent. 7 December 1941: A1. Pendleton District Historical, Recreational and Tourism Commission, Pendleton, South Carolina.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 5-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the economic boom-and-bust in America in the 1920s and 1930s, its resultant political instability, and the subsequent worldwide response.

Indicator 5-4.3 Explain the principal events related to the United States’ involvement in World War II—including the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the invasion in Normandy, Pacific island hopping, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and the role of key figures in this involvement such as Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler.

Note: Although this document was originally posted as part of a lesson specifically designed to teach the above standard(s), other Social Studies Standards may apply.

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World War II

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