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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Address (Abridged)

An abridged version of President Roosevelt's address to Congress, a day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Congress passed a formal declaration of war following the speech and the United States officially joined World War II.

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"A date which will live in infamy."

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Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation. As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.