English 10 Pre-ap
11 May 2012
The attack of Pearl Harbor left many Americans in pain and in shock on the day of December 7, 1941. Since the attack, Americans have advanced in new weapons that now have an overwhelming impact on war, leaving the Americans almost undeafeatable. The attack of Pearl Harbor was important for Americans because it brought forth the atomic age, it caused the United States to be involved in World War II, and it gave the Americans determination.
When Americans were bombed they lost many friends and relatives that day. Don Van Der Vat, a very successful author of several works on modern warfare, states in his book Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy, that a majority of the loses of the attack on Pearl Harbor were on the American side (137). Also Susan Wels notes in her book December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor: America's Darkest Day, that the island's hospitals were packed with casualities, schools were turned into makeshift wards where the injured would be taken to (182). After suriviors of the attack saw their loved ones go through this, there wasn't anything stopping them from seeking revenge on Japan. On the day of the attack, no one knew what was coming and no one knew that it would change American history forever. The United States created the most powerful weapon known to war, this would be the atmoic bomb. Andrew R. Carlson a PH.D. notes in the book One Day in History: December 7, 1941 from the Smithsonian Institution, that the man who decided to drop the bomb was President Truman, he also goes on to say that the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons in war (252). The Japanese were ready for an attack, but most likely were not ready for an attack as like the one they were faced with.
There were two bombs that the United States dropped on Japan. Andrew R. Carlson, a PH.D. states that the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 (221). Carlson goes on to say that "Even though the "nature" of radiation wasn't comprehended well, it was hoped that the war could be stopped by "employing" the atomic bomb in an attempt to save Americans (252). Carlson also notes that the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 (221). Being that it was President Truman's decision to drop the bombs that caused many deaths of Japanese residents, he had to take responsiblity for it. David W. McBride notes in the book One Day in History: December 7, 1941, which was edited Rodney P. Carlisle, that in a meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in July 1945, Truman stated that he felt that the Japanese lacked military honor following their attack of Pearl Harbor (221).The atomic bomb changed the United States forever. The way that war works for America is forever changed.
The attack really caused a lot of fear throughout Hawaii because there was no assurance that everyone would be safe throughout the night. Susan Wels mentions that the patients had to be given whiskey, chocolate bars, morphine, and coffee that night. The patients were also worried about another attack (182). It is clear that the idea of dropping the atomic bomb was their way of standing up for themselves, because nobody wanted to let Japan get away with the damage they had caused. No one wants to go into war and risk everything, or start a war that will potentially kill people who are on the same side as them. Americans pushed through a lot when they dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they were risking a lot and gaining a lot by following through with what their duties were. This pride that they carried will always be remembered, because this was just part of the beginning for the events that were to come.When the United States dropped the bomb, it started a new age known today as the atomic age.
There had been already been tension growing between the United States and Japan before Pearl Harbor was bombed. The wealth of the United States maybe...