Essay on A Call For War : President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

810 Words Dec 1st, 2014 4 Pages
A Call to War When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke the words “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy” (Roosevelt), he was speaking to not only the Americans who listened to him that day but to the generations to come that date will never be forgotten. The words of his speech were laced with his raw anger pertaining to the attack that took place at Pearl Harbor. The Presidents purpose with his “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation” was to both educate the nation as well to justify his reasons for a need to go to war with the Empire of Japan. With the will of the American people prior to the attack had held the belief in isolationism the President knew that he would have to use this speech to reach the American people, his words provided a great deal of support for the purpose of bringing them away from that mentality.
Roosevelt used his powerful words in this address to grab the American peoples’ attention with such convincing statements as “The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” President Roosevelt wanted to make sure that the Congress and the nation were aware of the facts behind the tragedy. The statement informed the people that he personally had no idea the attack was coming, as his words say the attack came suddenly.
The President also tried to explain the relationship between America and Japan before the unprovoked attack with this section “The United States…

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