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Unknown Stories: Audio Recordings Reveal Mood in Buffalo After Pearl Harbor

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, an interviewer went out to gather man-on-the-street interviews in Buffalo for the Library of Congress.

BUFFALO, NY - For nearly eight decades, we have remembered December 7th, 1941 as the day that will live in infamy.

The day after the Japanese attack lives on in a set of interviews done on the Streets of Buffalo, December 8th.

Interviewer Charles Travers Harrell speaks on the tapes with Buffalonians, Dorothy Baer:

Harrell: "How did you react to it, when you first heard the news?"

Baer: "Well for a moment we were stunned. We just couldn't believe it when we heard the news...it just didn't seem true and the more we heard, well... I don't know just how you'd say it... we were horrified. "

William Patterson: "Well, I've been considering very seriously enlisting in the armed forces of my country."

Retired college professor Frederick Hodge: "Dumbfounded and perhaps a little note of sorrow because of what it meant."

Machinist Tim Sullivan: "We're all fearful of what might happen to the children if we should lose this war."

You can listen to the tapes in their entirety by clicking here.