Speech Evaluation Assignment #2
1. Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuW4oGKzVKc
a. Speaker: John F. Kennedy
2. When the speech was given? September 12, 1962
b. Historical events surrounding the speech? Proving America’s energy and skills by deciding to send man to the moon. c. What was society like in that time frame? Society in 1960’s was marked as a time of great social changes. The civil rights act ended segregation in public facilities and racial discrimination in employment education. Music consisted of folk and rock and roll. The 60’s were also known as the hippie era. The movement away from the conservative fifties continued and eventually resulted in revolutionary ways of thinking and real change in the cultural fabric of American life. No longer content to be images of the generation ahead of them, young people wanted change. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment. Many of the revolutionary ideas, which began in the sixties, are continuing to evolve today. d. What is the setting of the speech? Rice University in Houston, Texas on a hot late summer’s day outdoors in the football stadium. 3. What is the purpose of the speech? To encourage America to keep striving to be better. To push our knowledge to the fullest. J.F.K states: “Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.” e. What is the thesis statement? “We meet at a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a State noted for strength, and we stand in need of all three, for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance...
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