by President John F. Kennedy
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Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point
- General Douglas MacArthur
In May 1962, General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) delivered this address to cadets at West point. A five-star general, MacArthur played a prominent role in the Pacific theater campaign during World War II, and from 1919-1922 served as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.Pair “Excerpt from Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point” with “Race to Space Speech” and ask students to compare the two speeches. What part does the “Space Race” play in American culture as featured in both speeches? How does each speaker acknowledge or frame these scientific accomplishments?
The Space Race is Over
- Paul Kingsnorth
In this article, Paul Kingsnorth examines the collective fear of the future and the resurgent concept of space colonization. He urges us to deflect the delusions created by our techno-industrial society.Pair “Race to Space Speech” with “The Space Race Is Over” and ask students to discuss the significance of the “space race.” How does Kennedy’s speech resonate with Kingsnorth’s article?
President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address
- President Barack Obama
In this text, President Obama gives his 2015 State of the Union speech and addresses economic issues and recovery.Pair “JFK’s ‘Race to Space’ Speech” with “President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address” and ask students to compare these two presidential speeches. Do they share any similar themes or central ideas? What type of tone does each president use in the delivery of their speeches?
President Kennedy's Inaugural Address
- President John F. Kennedy
In President John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural address, he urges Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”Pair “President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address” with his “JFK's 'Race to Space' speech" and ask students to compare and contrast the two speeches. How are the messages, tones, and language of each speech similar and different?
Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself
- Robert McMillan
In the informational text “Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself,” Robert McMillan discusses the software engineer Margaret Hamilton who worked on the Apollo space program.Pair “JFK’s ‘Race to space’ Speech” with “Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself” and ask students to discuss the theme of knowledge discussed in each text. While not specifically mentioned in the speech, how were Hamilton and other programmers also explorers? What obstacles does Kennedy present in his speech? Why does he feel they are worth overcoming? Do students think Hamilton and other programmers agreed with him? Why or why not?