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Assistant Secretary of State Sumner Welles Pearl Harbor Speech Draft, pgs13-15

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum of the National Archives and Records Administration1941-12-07

U.S. National Archives

U.S. National Archives

Assistant Secretary of State Sumner Welles drafted this alternative war message for FDR to deliver to Congress. Harry Hopkins, FDR’s trusted aide and friend, dismissed it as “a long-winded dissertation on the history of Japanese relations leading up to the blow this morning.” The President politely ignored it.

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  • Title: Assistant Secretary of State Sumner Welles Pearl Harbor Speech Draft, pgs13-15
  • Creator: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum of the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Date Created: 1941-12-07
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Subject Keywords: Sumner Welles, Franklin D. Roosevelt, World War II, World War 2, Presidential Speech

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