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Objective: By viewing the re-mastered video presentation of President Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 address to the Joint Session of Congress featuring pop up facts and points of interest students will discover what happened at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7th 1941, and will be presented with the opportunity to gather, analyze and synthesize information about America in the time of FDR and today.
Grade Level: 6-12
- How did the “Day of Infamy” change US and World History?
- How have political, social, economic trends changed over the last 75 years?
Historic Significance: President Roosevelt’s Day of Infamy speech is a snapshot of the American government at work in a time of national crisis. America on December 7, 1941 was a vastly different America than we live in today. Some changes are obvious some are more subtle.
Materials: Re-mastered video presentation of President Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 address to the Joint Session of Congress with the pop up feature added and primary and secondary audio, video and documentary sources drawn from the Roosevelt Library and Museum’s website, the Library’s archives, and other internet websites, books and magazines. For a copy of the film, please send your mailing address to Jeffrey.Urbin@nara.gov.
- Share with your students the re-mastered non pop up video presentation of President Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 address (the Day of Infamy speech) to the Joint Session of Congress and allow them 3-4 minutes to create a list things they learned from viewing the speech.
- Share with your students the re-mastered pop up video presentation of President Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 address (the Day of Infamy speech) to the Joint Session of Congress and allow them 3-4 minutes to create a list of things that they learned from viewing this version of the speech.
- Briefly discuss with them the items they have listed. Is one list longer than the other? Ask them to select five things they learned from the speech and allow them time to research, gather, and analyze material that would bring that information up to date today.
- You may prefer to assign them topics to research from the list of pop ups provided here.
- Select a few of the topics and discuss what events took place in the last 75 years that lead to the changes they discovered today.
- In what ways has America changed in the last three quarters of a century?
- What forces brought about these changes?
- Why have some areas seen great progress while others have lagged behind?
- What might FDR think about how things have changed since that fateful December day in 1941?
Concluding Activity: Discuss with your students several of the major political, social, economic or technical shifts that have occurred over the last 75 years. Identify specific events (Rosa Parks’ arrest, passage of civil rights legislation, the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., 911 and so forth) and assign groups of students to research and report back on each of these events.
One Step beyond: Ask students to locate and view some other historic speech and create a list of pop up topics that could be added to give more information regarding events surrounding that speech.