The Arsenal of Democracy

The Arsenal of Democracy - Phong Le The Arsenal of...

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Phong Le The Arsenal of Democracy: the End of Isolationism On December 29 th , 1940, the president of United State of America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delivered one of the most well-known speeches to US citizens. He did this with a purpose that the US needed to become the arsenal of democracy against the Nazi powers, and the US needed a massive amount of efforts from the American people. This speech had brought a massive motivation to encourage Americans to be more responsible for the future destiny of their country. By the following year, the United States Navy became stronger than any time in history by the contributions of the US citizens with the goal to protect this hemisphere against the Nazi powers in European. Theoretically, this speech is thought as an appeal from the US president. However, it is not only simply an appeal, but it also has an incredible power that makes the audience want to respond to this appeal immediately. The US President Roosevelt had successfully combined some rhetorical tools such as reminding the Americans of their history, metaphor, and comparison in his speech to achieve those great responses from the audience. Because the purpose of President Roosevelt was to convince US citizen to eliminate their negative attitude, he first began his speech by reminding them of the economy crisis nine years ago. He said “…preparing to talk with the people of the United States, I had before my eyes the picture of all those Americans with whom I was talking. I saw the workmen in the mills, the mines, the factories, the girl behind the counter, the small shopkeeper, the farmer doing his spring plowing, the windows and the old men wondering about their life’s savings.” Who were those people? They were not special, they were not upper class, so who were they? Of course, they were just ordinary people, no more, no less. He wanted to imply that he was talking to all
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