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Roosevelt Essay

  • Submitted by: killerkasem
  • on December 3, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,051 words

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“December seventh, 1941, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked.” Nearly every American know when and by whom this famous line was delivered. On December eighth, 1941, one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke before a joint session of the US congress, asking for a declaration of war against Japan. Renown as one of the most prominent political speeches during the twentieth century, the speech was perfect in accomplishing the goals that Roosevelt wanted for it. In less than thirty minutes after the conclusion of the speech, Congress declared war on Japan, with only one dissenting vote. Immediately after the speech, the isolationist movement was not only silenced, but had even started becoming pro-war. The speech's establishment of ethos and pathos   as well as its unrivaled organization made it compelling and persuasive. Franklin Delano Roosevelt begins the persuasion in his speech with cogent emotional appeals. In his opening paragraph, he says that the United States was “suddenly and deliberately attacked by the air and naval forces of the Empire of Japan.” Since they were nonexistent in this time, to be the victim of surprise attacks was disconcerting. By saying “suddenly,” Roosevelt is implying that it can happen again without warning. He further shows the deception involved in the attack by saying that “during this time ( the time it takes for the Japanese to plan the attack) the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States of America by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.” In these texts, Roosevelt shows the deception and surprise showed by the Japanese in the attacks. He is implying that if the Japanese could hit us in Hawaii without warning, then what is preventing them from hitting Alaska or California? This compelled Americans to act to prevent the threat of the Japanese from hitting the mainland....

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