December 1941

US and World Events plus Additional Resources


In a Fireside Chat on December 9, 1941, FDR said, “We are now in the midst of a war, not for conquest, not for vengeance, but for a world in which this Nation, and all that this Nation represents, will be safe for our children. We expect to eliminate the danger from Japan, but it would serve us ill if we accomplished that and found that the rest of the world was dominated by Hitler and Mussolini. We are going to win the war and we are going to win the peace that follows. And in the difficult hours of this day–through dark days that may be yet to come–we will know that the vast majority of the members of the human race are on our side. Many of them are fighting with us. All of them are praying for us. For in representing our cause, we represent theirs as well–our hope and their hope for liberty under God.” To read the full transcript, visit the digitized collection of the FDR Presidential Library.