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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

On Dec. 8, 1941 United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress and the nation, in response to the “sudden and deliberate” attack of the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

In this three-page, typewritten, hand-edited speech, FDR delivered the now famous declaration of war against the Japanese Empire. At the National Archives site, you can view the actual draft of his speech, listen to audio files, and download an analysis worksheet.

The only thing we would add to this must-have classroom lesson is a recording of the Navy Song, Anchors Aweigh.

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