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What Led to the Attack on Pearl Harbor?



What Led to the Attack on Pearl Harbor?
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     challenging words:    ruling, helping, propaganda, invasion, dagger, dispatch, alliance, wage, assault, military, warning, security, government, admiral, planes, caption
     content words:    Tripartite Pact, World War II, Axis Powers, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Tripartite Agreement, United States, President Roosevelt, Both Hawaii, Many American


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What Led to the Attack on Pearl Harbor?
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Caption: A Japanese propaganda poster from 1940 for the Tripartite Pact. The Japanese symbols say: "Good friends in three countries". Japan, Italy, and Germany were known in World War II as the Axis Powers.
 
2     In the 1930s, a military group came into power in Japan. The new leaders of Japan dreamed of ruling Asia just as the Nazis dreamed of ruling Europe. Japan needed more raw materials like oil, rubber, and minerals. Japan began invading its Asian neighbors.
 
3     In 1937, Japan began a major invasion of China. Three years later, Japan controlled much of eastern China. Japan formed a military alliance with Nazi Germany and with Fascist Italy. The Tripartite Agreement made the three countries allies. They became known as the Axis Powers.
 
4     In the United States, President Roosevelt was worried. He watched Japan's actions with great concern. Both Hawaii and the Philippines were territories of the U.S. There were U.S. military bases in both places. Many American citizens lived there.
 
5     In 1940, Japan continued its invasions in Asia. It attacked French Indochina. It already controlled Korea. Now it invaded the countries of North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The U.S. became even more concerned about its military bases in the Philippines.

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