77 years ago this week, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy,” and Congress declared war against Japan shortly after.
Although the attack defined the times their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived through, the average citizen knows little about Pearl Harbor . The Library has resources to fill the void, including:
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By Janelle Yahne
Library Circulation Associate
This year, December 7th marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which sent the United States into World War II. Check out the references in both links for great information! There are so many excellent resources about the attack ranging from military and social history to Hollywood movies that I am only able to list a select few:
We do not have these movies, but Tora! Tora! Tora!, From Here To Eternity, and Pearl Harbor are Hollywood depictions of the attack. The movies can be requested through MeLCat clicking on the links above or via InterLibrary Loan.
In addition, there is The National Archives‘ Prologue magazine, which has an amazing piece from 2001 about the development of the famous Franklin Roosevelt speech.
On campus, the library has the following materials available about Pearl Harbor and World War II:
- A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory, written in 2003 about the changing interpretations of the Pearl Harbor attack in history.
- Attack on Pearl Harbor, a video, created by the BBC in 2009, can be streamed through our website.
- Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese-American Incarceration, written 2009, is a photographic history of the concentration camps for Japanese-American during the war.
- Pearl Harbor, created by A&E in 2004, discusses the technology of the attack used by the Japanese and Americans.
- Reflections of Pearl Harbor: An Oral History of December 7th, 1941 is book from 2005 giving the personal perspective of the attack.
- The Road to Pearl Harbor: The Coming of the War Between the United States and Japan, was written in 1950 and has a perspective that is difficult to comprehend seventy years later.