Tally Sheet of the House of Representatives for Declaration of War Against Japan
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One day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a Joint Session of Congress, pronounced December 7 “a day of infamy,” and asked Congress for a formal declaration of war against Japan. Congress, in almost perfect unanimity, promptly complied. At 4:10 p.m., 28 hours after the first wave of Japanese planes appeared as a giant blip on the screen at the radar station in Hawaii, President Roosevelt signed the formal declaration of war against Japan, and the United States entered World War II. This tally sheet records the votes in the House of Representatives on the resolution for a declaration of war against Japan; it was adopted 388–1. Jeannette Rankin, representative from Montana and dedicated pacifist (she had voted against the resolution for entering World War I in 1917), was the only member of Congress to vote “no.”
This primary source comes from the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives.
National Archives Identifier: 2600932Full Citation: Tally Sheet of the House of Representatives for Declaration of War Against Japan; 12/8/1941; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, Record Group 233. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/tally-sheet-of-the-house-of-representatives-for-declaration-of-war-against-japan, February 24, 2017]
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