Nearly everyone has heard the words, “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked.” These words, delivered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, are but a small piece of an elaborate example of a well-executed rhetorical speech. He used rhetorical devices and strategies such as anaphora, repetition, and amplification, in order to achieve his purpose of informing the people of the United States of the attack on Pearl Harbor the day before, to persuade the people to support the war effort, and to remember those innocent lives lost.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president at the time of the attack. He was born on January 30, 1882, and he was president for twelve years. He was president during the The Great Depression in the US and during WWII, and he was the only president to serve more than two terms. FDR gave a speech on December 8, 1941, one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. His purpose was to inform the American people of the attack and persuade Congress to declare war on Japan. “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” (Roosevelt). Franklin Delano Roosevelt is informing the country that Pearl Harbor was bombed. He talks about this attack becoming a day which will live in infamy, to show it’s importance. He wants to emphasize this attack and to get the country thinking about war. He wants to get involved in World War II, and this horrible attack would be grounds to get involved. Also, going to war would unite the country and it would bring the country out of depression. Further along in the speech Franklin Delano Roosevelt says, “The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu” (Roosevelt). He also states many places that had been attacked after the attack on Pearl Harbor, such as Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines, Wake Island, and Midway Island. By doing this Franklin Delano Roosevelt is proving to the American people that this was not one attack in protest of sanctions, but ...
Over the years, Pearl Harbor and all things surrounding it have been a controversial and sometimes tense subject. Some people would insist that FDR was a war-monger who could be held directly responsible for the loss of American lives. Others would say that he simply faced the facts. Both groups would be forced to agree that this country, indeed, this entire world, would be a much different place if the Japanese had not made their fateful sneak attack.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Pearl Harbor address to the nation, offers that Japan's attack on Hawaii was a horrific tragedy throughout the nation. Roosevelt supports his claim by stating the plans were made weeks in advance. The author's purpose is to direct the importance of the attack to mourn those we have lost, in order to do that we need to rebuild the nation. The author writes in a hopeful tone to avenge those that had pain inflicted upon them.
On December 7, 1941, the United States of America was attacked by the Japanese naval and aerial forces on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Preceding the devastating event, FDR addressed to Congress to declare war on the the Japanese Empire. The nation was in heartache and devastated for the many American lives lost that day. FDR knew how to get the people of the nation to understand that the attack on Pearl Harbor called for a war. He uses convincing tactics addressed to his audience to demonstrate that a declaration for war was imperative. FDR uses emotional words, his position of authority, and his knowledge of foreign conflicts between other countries to rally the American people to support the war effort.
On December 7, 1941 the U.S. naval base was subject to an attack that was one of the greatest military surprises in the history of warfare. On December 8, 1941, the day after the attack was made on Pearl Harbor by Japan, FDR delivered his speech to the Congress of the United States. He explained how the United States was suddenly attacked by the Empire of Japan. He explained how the attacks had to have been planned weeks in advance, but during that time Japan acted as if they were making peace with the United States. Roosevelt reported the damages and losses that the nation suffered due to the attacks. He explained what actions would be taken to defend the country, and what they would do to ensure this would never happen again. The purpose of his speech was to request Congress to declare war against Japan while displaying the confidence to assure the nation that event...
The “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation” by FDR, also known as the infamy speech, is as good a speech as any. He attempts to rally the legislative branch to say that the United States should go to war with Japan, since they had attacked the U.S. without warning and with no provocation at Pearl Harbor. His speech was astoundingly successful, winning over all of the senate and all but one in the house of representatives. He made several good points, backing them up with known facts, which he laid out in a way that made sense logically and sparked emotion out of the audience.
Slide 1- “I am president Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor needs to be discussed. The United States had placed an embargo on Japan June of 1944 and it came to bite us back in the rear. I will go over Japan and how they bombed Pearl Harbor. I will also go over when and where this bombing happened, why this occurred, why it's important, and what we are doing in result of this.”
This unexpectedly came abroad to the troops. He wanted to fight back and give Japan what they deserved. He wanted to do it for the families in misery and to stand up for his country. In his address to the Nation, Roosevelt said, “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” (“Franklin”). The message Roosevelt wanted to give in his speech was that he was not going to back down no matter what, and the American public should do the same. He wanted to make certain that no forms of betrayal ever happened again to the United
December 7, 1941 was a day that United States will never forget, or as President Roosevelt addressed, “a date which will live in infamy”. It was the day that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, a navy base in Hawaii. Whether the US knew about the surprise attack or not, one thing that is certain is that the U.S. is prepared to declare war against Japan. FDR’s speech not only boosted people’s morale, but even claimed that they will gain the “inevitable triumph”. Unfortunately, the first six months of the way did not go as victorious as they anticipated; they have faced nothing but embarrassing defeats against Japan. All these defeats have lowered the people’s resolve to continue on with the war due to the loss and damage that had been dealt.
“ no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory” (Dlugan). Roosevelt knew that to gain the American people’s support for the war, he would have to invoke a feeling of patriotism and belief in American superiority. “last night Japanese forces attacked…” (Dlugan), was repeated as a way of showing the American people all of the places that Japan had attacked in such a short amount of time. It showed that Japan had no regard for anything and were on a path of total war and destruction throughout the pacific. Roosevelt went on to name many American territories attacked by the Japanese using this repetition method. “ I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire” (Dlugan). His speech was so powerful and moving that it motivated and compelled America to enter the Second World War. Congress would sign a formal declaration of war just after President Roosevelt’s
“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through absolute victory” (Eidenmuller). The person who said that is the author of the “Pearl Harbor Speech” is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This speech came the day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt was in his third term as the president of the United States. Steve Job gave a commencement speech to the Stanford graduating class of 2005. He was a college dropout, but he is the founder of Apple and Pixels Productions. Roosevelt uses strong pathos and few logos to get congress and the citizens of the United States on his side for getting into war with Japan, in contrast with Steve Job’s strong logos in his commencement speech.
“Yesterday December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy” (Roosevelt). The attack on Pearl Harbor was an event that many Americans will never forget. The day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech to address the public and Congress. His speech started by discussing how Japan had deceived America into thinking that they could create peace between the nations. He spent three paragraphs on how the attack was planned and deliberate and how America was completely unaware of Japan’s intentions. Roosevelt spent only a little time on paying respects to the lost lives of the soldiers. After that, Roosevelt talked about how many other nations Japan has attacked. Then Roosevelt started the “pep talk” portion of his speech. He talked about the strength of the nation and how America will defend themselves against evil forces. He ends his speech with a call for war and asked Congress to declare war against Japan. The goal of his speech was to persuade Congress to declare war on Japan, as well as to get the American people to support him in his endeavors. Roosevelt gave his speech in front of Congress, but the American people all over the nation tuned into the radio to hear his speech. Roosevelt uses many rhetorical devices to get American to unite against Japan. His speech uses the rhetorical devices logos, ethos, and pathos to argue his side. He uses
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Empire bombarded the US military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in a surprise attack. This ambush reminded the U.S. that they could no longer be spectators of the war and engaged them into direct conflict during World War II. On the day after the attack, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke before a joint session of the Congress, requesting for a declaration of war against Japan. Throughout his infamous speech, he utilised diction, literary devices, and his simple organization of text to urge the Congress to formally declare war on Japan and rally the American population to support the war effort, thus establishing a sense of urgency and strengthening the nation in the face of grave danger.
December 7th, 1941. This was the date of one of the most significant attacks on American soil in United States history. It was on this date that the Japanese Empire launched an attack on the American naval base Pearl Harbor. Within two hours, the Japanese managed to destroy nearly twenty American naval vessels, more than three hundred airplanes, with more than two thousand casualties and another thousand wounded (History.com Staff). Prior to the attack, relations between the United States and Japan were becoming progressively worse, but no violent measures were taken. The day after the assault President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his famous “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation Speech” in which he asked Congress to declare war on Japan and