The Great Arsenal Of Democracy

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From September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945, the world was witness to the most fatal war in our history. During this six year period, an estimated 78 million died. In 1940, The US, despite not having joined the war at the time, was at risk of being invaded. Franklin D. Roosevelt realized that without the help of the US, the war efforts of Great Britain and the rest of Europe were futile. However, American citizens were opposed to joining the war because of the horrors of World War 1 and the idea of those horrors being repeated. In an effort to convince the American public to take action, Roosevelt addressed the country on December 29, 1940. Roosevelt’s use of repetition and pathos within his speech, “The Great Arsenal of Democracy,” illustrated the unity and urgency with which the US and its citizens had to act in order to help the war efforts of Europe. Roosevelt emphasizes and continually reiterates the need for every citizen to act and to act quickly by repeating phrases and words throughout his speech. Repeating the phrase “I call” in his last paragraph, Roosevelt is emphasizin...
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