by President John F. Kennedy
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'Day of Infamy' Speech
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
On December 7, 1941 Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, a United States naval base in Hawaii, effectively drawing America into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, delivered this speech to a Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack.Pair “President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address” with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech, and have students discuss the differences and similarities bewtween the two. What rhetorical or literary devices are used in the two pieces? Have students discuss how the circumstances behind the two speeches affect the tone of each speech.
JFK's 'Race to Space' Speech
- President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy delivered this speech about space at Rice University in Houston, Texas, May of 1961. A month earlier, a Russian astronaut had become the first human to orbit the Earth, and Americans were eager about the possibilities of space exploration (as well as beating the Russians). By 1969, Americans succeeded in being the first to walk on the moon.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?