Robert P. Fitton
Author
The Sounds of History.com
The Sounds of History.com

The chill of the incoming radio broadcast shook Americas complacency on that December Sunday in 1941. The fear that spread quickly across the United States was fueled by the same uncertainty and was updated on September 11, 2001. What was next? Were we safe? Are we at war? President Roosevelt answered those questions in a magnificent, reassuring, and determined address to Congress. The times were simpler then, but the stakes paramount  as epitomized by the Japanese war march at the end of this montage.