December 1941

US and World Events plus Additional Resources


A draft of FDR’s “Day of Infamy” Speech to Congress. December 7, 1941. The President dictated the first draft a few hours after learning of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and it was to be delivered to a Joint Session of Congress the following day. His handwritten revisions–visible in this December 7 draft of the speech–made the “Day of Infamy” speech one of the most memorable in American history.