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Day of Infamy and 9/11

Making Connections

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Introduction

Which event do you think is the most important turning point in modern America? Do you think it is December 7, 1941 or September 11, 2001?


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Worksheet

Day of Infamy and 9/11

Making Connections

Examine the documents and text included in this activity. Fill in any blanks in the sequence with your thoughts and write your conclusion response in the space provided.

USS SHAW exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, T.H.


911: New York City Views





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USS SHAW exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, T.H.

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911: New York City Views

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Conclusion

Day of Infamy and 9/11

Making Connections

Which event do you find the most important turning point? _____________ is the most important turning point event because _________________. For example, ____________.

Your Response




Document

USS SHAW exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, T.H.

12/7/1941


Additional details from our exhibits and publications

The December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base on Oahu began at 7:53 a.m.; the second wave came at 8:55 A.M. In less than 2 hours, the United States suffered 3,435 casualties and saw 188 planes, 8 battleships, 3 light cruisers, and 4 other vessels lost or severely damaged, including the USS Shaw seen exploding here. The Japanese lost fewer than 100 personnel, 29 planes, and 5 midget submarines.
This primary source comes from the General Records of the Department of the Navy.
National Archives Identifier: 520590
Full Citation: USS SHAW exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, T.H.; 12/7/1941; General Records of the Department of the Navy, . [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/uss-shaw-exploding-during-the-japanese-raid-on-pearl-harbor-th, July 24, 2024]


USS SHAW exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, T.H.

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911: New York City Views

9/11/2001

Original caption: Smoke rises from the site of the World Trade Center.
This primary source comes from the Collection GWB-WHPO: Records of the White House Photo Office (George W. Bush Administration).
National Archives Identifier: 5997250
Full Citation: 911: New York City Views; 9/11/2001; Collection GWB-WHPO: Records of the White House Photo Office (George W. Bush Administration), . [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/911-new-york-city-views, July 24, 2024]


911: New York City Views

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