Pearl Harbor: Aftermath

Essay by moon_shadowCollege, UndergraduateA+, June 2014

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As nations develop, they endure unexpected experiences through its existence. Some experiences can take a toll on them and can alter the course of their development. In most cases, these experiences are unwanted and regrettable. Such is the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After the attack, the United States government deemed Japanese-Americans a threat to national security and relocated them to internment camps. Scholars and historians argue the reason behind the decision. In my view, I believe Japanese Internment seemed less of a preventative measure than it was revenge for the attack on Pearl Harbor. During my reach, I came across a propaganda poster created for the Pearl Harbor Recruitment. Not much information was given on the artist except that it was created by someone in the armed forces. The corners of the poster are creased and slightly ripped due to aging. It has a yellow tinged background with Uncle Sam raising his fist to the sky, aiming it towards airplanes.

The airplanes are white-grey tinged with a red dot to represent Japan. The airplanes are over bombed navy ships that have smoke coming from them. The words "Avenge Pearl Harbor" are in red and are centered in the middle of the poster. These words are in front of the smoke. The words "our bullets will do it" are in faded white color with a blue background just below Uncle Sam. From what I see, the purpose of the propaganda poster was to influence civilians to join the armed forces with the purpose of revenge. The United States wanted justice for the countless of lives that were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor and seemed set on getting it anyway they could. On December 7, 1941, the United States was met with a shocking and unexpected...