Franklin Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Address Essays

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Franklin Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Address Franklin Roosevelt was the thirty-second president of the United States. He served twelve years and four terms. He fought to keep the United States out of the war and helped those nations that were threatened or attacked. As a result, when France fell and Great Britain came under siege in 1940; he began to send all possible aid short of military involvement. The nation’s largest contribution was made to Great Britain in the form of fifty old and out dated destroyers that were built between 1918 and 1920. The Lend Lease Program and the Destroyers Bases Program was a major way the U.S. supported the Allies was efforts in 1940. At this point as a country we were anti-war and isolationist. So …show more content…
He does this to make it clear that the attack was not made simply by the Japanese military but by the government, the Empire and Japan itself. He makes it clear the citizens and congress that the different components of Japan cannot be separated. Also, within the speech he uses a lot of repetition. His use of repetition amplifies his message and draws attention to his key points. His use of repetition also makes his message hard to ignore because he drills in his points and carry’s the weight of his message. An example would be in the six sentences in which he states when Japan attacked several other islands. This also helps him get his objective of the speech across because congress now knows that Japan needs to be stopped. During Franklin Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor speech he uses moral convictions, triads, and he uses his confidence as commander in chief and as a president of the United States. An example of using moral convictions in the beginning of the speech when he says “The United States was at peace with that nation.” He uses moral convictions because it helps him bring light to the fact that Japan attacked and they need to react and stop it from happening again. An example of his triads is towards the end of the speech, “our people, our territory, and our interests...” He uses the triads to tell congress that it is their people, their countryman were attacked and they need to react, and that they