Saturday, November 22, 2014

See and Hear FDR's Declaration of War Before Congress or a Film on Negro Colleges in Wartime

Some of the videos from the FDR Presidential Library are online. You can see and hear President Roosevelt’s declaration of war before a Joint Session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

We focus so much on the attack on Pearl Harbor, we forget that Japan, immediately after attacking Pearl Harbor, that the same day Japan also attacked American ships San Francisco and Hawaii, and Malaysia, Hong Kong, Guam, The Philippine Islands, Wake Island, and the next morning they struck Midway Island.

“Negro Colleges in Wartime,” a film made by the Office of War Information in 1943, during World War II, features students at Tuskeegee Institute, Prairie View College in Texas, and Hampton Institute in Virginia. Students were trained for work in the armed services and war industries.


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