To commemorate Pearl Harbor Day,
this week's Saturday Snippet comes from
I Am An American
by Robyn Hobusch Echols
Hugh took action first by jumping from his seat. He paced the floor, his fists clenched. He turned to his father, his yell revealing his anguished feelings. “Those dirty Japs! Those dirty, dirty Japs! How dare they come in and bomb our harbor like that. I mean, we didn’t do anything to them. Our ships and our people were just minding their own business and then those Japs send in all those planes and torpedoes and shoot the place up. Why? Because they want war? Well, you heard our president. They got war.”
Carl spoke calmly, hoping to settle Hugh down. “I know it’s bad, Hugh. I don’t know what brought things on, but yelling like this won’t help. It’s only upsetting your mother and sister. Please sit back down.”
“Yeah? Well, maybe they should be upset. Look at your own daughter, being friends with that Jap girl. She’s the enemy and now her people have bombed Pearl Harbor.”
Flo sat up straight, her mouth agape in shock at Hugh’s accusation. She quickly found her voice. “Hugh, that’s not fair. Ellen was born here. She’s an American, just like we are. She and her family have nothing to do with Japan going to war with us.”
As a bit of explanation, the prologue to this story makes it clear that Hugh’s statement, “…we didn’t do anything to them” expresses the naivety to the majority of the American populace at the time. The Unites States government had taken several economic and political actions antagonistic to Japan prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Retaliation by Japan was not completely unexpected in the higher circles of government.
I Am An American is also part of the anthology, Pearl Harbor & More: Stories of WWII. Now it is available as a single. From now until the evening of November 27, it is on promotion and available for free. To read the book description and find the purchase link, please CLICK HERE.
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