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Fdr Adress to the Nation

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation” Franklin Roosevelt was the President of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945 and was know as FDR. Roosevelt gave his “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation” speech on December 8, 1941. He gave this speech to ask Congress to declare war on the Empire of Japan. This speech was given during the times of World War II, after the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The United States was not going to enter the war but ultimately decided to enter the war after Roosevelt gave this speech. In the beginning of the speech Roosevelt simply states what had happened the day before. His words were, “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.” This sentence grabs the audience’s attention and lets them know that the speech is going to be serious. The next sentence is key to the whole speech. Roosevelt says, “The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.” Roosevelt deliberately says this to let his audience know that the attacks of yesterday were totally unexpected and creates a sense of betrayal. It was very important for Roosevelt’s speech because he purposely said this to get the crowd angry in order to achieve his goal of war. The next couple of statements made by Roosevelt are used to make the Empire of Japan look even worst. He first lets the audience know that Japan had no remorse for the actions that they took. He states that an hour after the attacks were made the Japanese ambassador to the United States delivered a “formal reply” to our Secretary of State. The letter coldly stated that the Japanese found it useless for further negotiations. The letter contained “no threat or hint of war or of...