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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    Memorial District of Columbia

The Second World War

America Enters the War

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a Joint Session of Congress, requesting a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan, following the December 7th attack against part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in the Territory of Hawaii. The President had chosen his words with care, even editing the final text as he delivered the speech. Click here for the final text version as recorded in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Did You Know?

Room 3 of FDR Memorial

FDR and his wife Eleanor were not first cousins as some might think, but fifth cousins, once removed. They both shared the common ancestor, Nicholas Roosevelt, born in 1658. He was FDR’s great-great-great-great-grandfather and Eleanor’s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.