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Working with the Recordings

Familiarize yourself with a sample recording page: go to the Search by Audio Titles page in the After the Day of Infamy archive, click on the first entry there ("Dear Mr. President" . . . January 8, 1942), and click on item #1.

The following quote from a  man named Mr. Boyer (Item 64, "Man-on-the-Street" interview, Bloomington, Indiana, December 10, 1941) indicates how some Americans felt the military dropped the ball and allowed Pearl Harbor to be attacked: "I think our secretary of state must have been asleep if we were betrayed. Clearly, we need somebody in the Naval Intelligence Corps to kind of find out what's going on. If we didn't know what was going on prior to the attacks."