A. Dec 7, 1941 attacked by the Japanese military 1. Japan believed the attack would neutralize American forces so that Japan can dominate the Asia Pacific area 2. Japan believed the attack would neutralize American forces so that Japan can dominate the Asia Pacific area 3. Instead the strike drew the U.S. into World War II 4. What is Pearl Harbor? Pearl Harbor is a deep-water naval port on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. At the time Hawaii was an American Territory and the military base located there was home to the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet Transition: The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt address Congress, declaring war against Japan. B. Pearl Harbor Address 1. Occasion of the speech: The occasion for the speech was that it had taken place the day after the event occurred. People are still in shock from the events. I believe that the speech should have occurred the day of the event. Or at least as soon as possible so that the people knew that the president was aware of the situation and could assure the people 2. Audience: The audience was in complete shock from the bombing. Emotions were running high in the country and the people needed some guidance in troubled times. The people were also shocked and angry. 3. Speaker: The speaker was directly targeting congress rather than spending most of his time reassure his people what the goals were. The speaker remained emotional yet somber so that he could appeal to an entire country that was hurting. The president at this time was in his fourth term
as president. That showed that he was well liked and loved. He establishes himself as a leader and showing that he has authority.