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The tragic events that took place on December 7 1941 is a story that is in American History books everywhere It is the date of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese just before America entered World War II In this paper I will describe the events that eventually lead to Pearl Harbor the attack itself and the outcome of the attack Before the attack American Officials were becoming concerned about the rising power in the Far East Because of this the United States invited Great Britain France Japan and other nations to a conference in Washington DC that began on November of 1921 and ended February of 1922 In this meeting each nation attending agreed to respect each others rights with regard to the possessions in the Pacific Ocean Also they agreed to guarantee Chinas independence and territorial integrity There were military agreements as well each nation having a limit put on their Navy according to size In a solution worked out Japan could have three ships for every five American ships and every five British ships To Japan this seemed they had the smaller Navy and the walked away feeling slighted but in reality they had Naval supremacy America and Britain had ships scattered around the world but Japan had ships mainly in the Pacific so even though it seemed like they had gotten the raw end of the deal they actually came out on top Shapiro 25-26 With the crash of the Stock Market in 1929 the United States wanted to focus solely on their problems and how to fix them With that they became increasingly isolated from Japan and with the Japanese invading Manchuro and the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1933 the US saw this
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