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World War II: Home Front Summary & Analysis The Big Picture: Who, What, When, Where & (Especially) Why The Home Front On the evening of Tuesday, 28 April 1942, Americans gathered around their radios to listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he spoke with the nation about tremendous challenges ahead. "There is one front and one battle," the president declared, "where everyone in the United States —every man, woman, and child—is in action, and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives, and in our daily tasks." 8 The High Price of Mobilization Five months before, the country had learned of the surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, the first major strike by a hostile power on United States soil, and a devastating blow to a country already weakened by years of economic woes. Japan's aggression spurred the United States Congress to declare war on Japan, and then on Germany, Italy, and the remaining Axis powers. Within just four days of the Pearl Harbor attack
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