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Today in Media History: FDR delivers his World War II ‘Infamy’ speech

President Franklin Roosevelt began writing his December 8th “Infamy” speech on December 7th, 1941.

On Sunday, December 8th, millions of radio listeners first heard the news about Pearl Harbor.

In his speech, FDR asked Congress for a declaration of war.

He began with the words: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

(Here is a link to a British Pathé newsreel copy of the the entire speech.)

“WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (AP) — Congress declared war against Japan today….The Senate and House had assembled together to hear President Roosevelt ask the declaration. They cheered him enthusiastically and then pushed the resolution through with not a moment’s waste of time….Roosevelt’s words to the joint session, second in a generation to hear a President ask for a declaration of war, were solemn but brief.”

— Associated Press, December 8, 1941

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Image, December 8, 1941

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Image, December 8, 1941

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