by General Douglas MacArthur
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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 the “Day of Infamy Speech” with “Excerpt from Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point” and ask students to compare the speeches. How does each speaker address his audience? How is each audience reassured?
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 “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?
Behind Bars, Vets With PTSD Face A New War Zone, With Little Support
- Quil Lawrence
This article explores the ordeals faced by combat veterans, exemplified by the experiences of David Carlson, an Iraq veteran with PTSD and legal troubles.Pair “Behind Bars, Vets With PTSD Face A New War Zone, With Little Support” with “Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point” and ask students to compare the perspective of war and its effect on soldiers set forth in each piece. How does the grand language that characterizes MacArthur’s speech compare to the gritty day-to-day struggles described in the former text? Do you think MacArthur appropriately recognizes these struggles and, generally, the way in which combat shapes the lives of soldiers?
General Eisenhower’s Order of the Day
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower
In this not from World War II, General Eisenhower encourages his troops to defeat the enemy on the eve of the Invasion of Normandy.Pair “General Eisenhower’s Order of the Day” with “Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point” and ask students to discuss similarities in tone and theme between the two speeches.
- Kim Roberts
In Kim Roberts’ poem “Immunity,” a speaker describes how they imagine the T-cells in their body.Pair “Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point” with “Immunity” and ask students to further discuss the comparison the speaker makes between T-cells and soldiers in the poem. How do the duties of soldiers and T-cells compare? What might be considered a “war” on the body that the T-cells would have to defend against? What happens if they fail?