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A Date that will live in Infamy.

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Early in the afternoon of December 7, 1941, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt and his chief foreign policy aide, Harry Hopkins, were
interrupted by a telephone call from Secretary of War Henry Stimson and
told that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. At about 5:00 p.m.,
following meetings with his military advisers, the President calmly and
decisively dictated to his secretary, Grace Tully, a request to Congress
for a declaration of war. He had composed the speech in his head after
deciding on a brief, uncomplicated appeal to the people of the United
States rather than a thorough recitation of Japanese perfidies, as
Secretary of State Cordell Hull had urged.

President Roosevelt then revised the typed draft—marking it up,
updating military information, and selecting alternative wordings that
strengthened the tone of the speech. He made the most significant change
in the critical first line, which originally read, “a date which will
live in world history.” Grace Tully then prepared the final reading
copy, which Roosevelt subsequently altered in three more places.

On December 8, at 12:30 p.m., Roosevelt addressed a joint session of
Congress and the Nation via radio. The Senate responded with a unanimous
vote in support of war; only Montana pacifist Jeanette Rankin dissented
in the House. At 4:00 p.m. that same afternoon, President Roosevelt
signed the declaration of war.

The document featured in this article, the typewritten draft, is housed at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY. (The library is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.) 

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