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On a quiet afternoon in December 1941, the President was in his study working on his stamp album. The telephone rang, and the White House operator put through the call. FDR learned that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor just before 8 a.m. Hawaii time. Prologue takes you through the various drafts of FDR’s so-called “Day of Infamy” speech, with images of pages with his hand-written changes in wording and updates on Japanese attacks on other U.S. installations in the Pacific.

FDR's drafts of his Day of Infamy speech. Could be good to discuss drafting and revising with students.

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Read FDR's Famous 'Day of Infamy' Speech

Picture of President Franklin Roosevelt delivering his Day of Infamy speech. - (Public domain) on December 8, 1941.

Al Capone And The St Valentine's Day Massacre Feb 14th 1929

Al Capone (a.k.a. 'Scarface'), one of the most famous American gangsters, rose to infamy as the leader of the Chicago mafia during the Prohibition era. Before being sent to Alcatraz Prison in 1931 from a tax evasion conviction, he had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $100 million dollars and was responsible for countless murders.

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On September 5, 1972 a day before the Olympic Games were to begin, eight Palestinian terrorists entered the Olympic Village and seized eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team. Two of the hostages were able to wound two of their captors before they were killed. The terrorists requested the release of 234 Palestinians that were being held in Israel.

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Day of Infamy

Day of Infamy By Walter Lord - The attack on Pearl Harbor changed the world. In this New York Times bestselling account from the author of A Night to Remember, bear witness to the event that triggered America’s involvement in World War II. “Recommended for all history collections” (Library Journal), with over 1,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

1st Typed copy of the 'Day of Infamy' Speech - Teaching with Documents from the National Archives

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