A Neo-Classical Criticism Of President Jfk

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Kaitlynn Curtis A Neo-Classical Criticism of President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, stood in front of the United States Capital building and delivered his inaugural speech. During this time of JFK election the U.S was fighting in the Cold War. Kennedy wanted to get America moving economically again, he wanted to lessen poverty in the U.S. as he had promised in his campaign. Using Neo-Classical Criticism; I will examine how President John F. Kennedy was able to stimulate action to deplete poverty in The United States and other countries experiencing poverty through his inaugural speech. I will discuss three topics areas that will demonstrate the context for the artifact: JFK as a rhetor, the occasions on which the rhetoric was presented and the audience to whom the rhetoric was addressed. Background John Fitzgerald Kennedy graduated from Harvard University in 1940 and shortly thereafter joined the Navy. While serving in WWII, his PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer; Kennedy suffered critical injuries, but still managed to get him and other survivors to safety. Kennedy became a Democratic Congressman in the Boston area and then progressed to the 1953 Senate (JFK). John F. Kennedy was elected the youngest and first Roman Catholic President of the United States on November 8, 1960. After being elected JFK started composing his inaugural speech on a yellow legal notepad, seeking help from his friends and those around him (Our Documents). On January 20, 1961 President John F. Kennedy delivered his first and only inaugural speech. Kennedy’s inaugural speech was the fourth shortest, at a total of just 1,364 words and a total time of thirteen minutes and fifty-nine seconds (JFK). Just after serving as President of The United States for one thousand days, on November 22, 1963, President

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