Essay about State Of The Nation

Submitted By Krissy-Sanford
Words: 920
Pages: 4

Injustice requires action, and in the cases of Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and
Franklin Roosevelt they choose to be vocal about that injustice and make a statement.
The Civil War, most famously the battle at Gettysburg was a dark time in United States history. Gettysburg saw that the North was victorious for the cause of unity at great cost­ c asualties at Gettysburg totaled 23,049 for the Union (3,155 dead, 14,529 wounded, 5,365 missing). Confederate casualties were 28,063 (3,903 dead, 18,735 injured, and 5,425 missing).
Lincoln realized the that the weary path was not fully paved yet so on November 19, 1863 he issued the following statement; “It is for us the living to be dedicated to the unfinished work.” Many brave men fought and paid the ultimate price for the idea that was America and Lincoln declared a proposition to lift Union forces from the depths of depravity and fight to preserve the memory of the fallen.
Franklin Roosevelt saw a great threat on the horizon threatening American security causing him to address congress with his
Four Freedoms Speech at the start of 1941.
World War ll was continuing to dominate world affairs but the Imperial Japanese Army was continually prodding America becoming an ominous dark cloud that Roosevelt knew needed to be taken seriously. He speaks of a great demand to begin preparing for war and declares the following statement;” We must prepare to make sacrifices and move forward.” In his address he succeeds in eliciting a response and drives forward war preparations. Martin Luther King did in fact “have a dream,” however as is often the case with white supremacy the colored leader in the propulsion of equal whites was silenced by being thrown in jail. Regardless of the success the corrupt authorities in
Alabama thought this would bring a man of King’s dedication cannot be oppressed.

Using the minimally available scrap paper in his cell he makes the following gentle prod;
“I hope the Church as a whole will meet the challenge.” King was speaking of the chains the still tethered Southern blacks and his determination to inspire action is imminent.
These men had dedicated their lives to the “American Dream,” and when their cause was at threat demanded action. “This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.’” Martin Luther
King made this statement and it is eerily similar to the urgency for action expressed in other documents. When it is left up to an unmotivated party to cause change, injustice will always prevail. It takes the merit of a man like Franklin Roosevelt at a critical time to state; “Therefore there is immediate need for swift action” to synthesise justice.
Urgency is crucial in the edifice of change and true independence. George Washington is the father of our Nation and in 1796 when he published his
Farewell Address he knew it was his job to promote the said urgency. He states, “The time has actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust.” America had to be swift in preparing to “hand off the bride” so to speak in the context of electing a new worthy leader. Leadership has many components but the most important is the ability to motivate which these men did through historical literature.

National strength is characterised by being able to withstand threats both foreign and domestic and come through as one.
"America is best described by one word: freedom." With the previous words, President Eisenhower