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Harry S. Truman Speech Analysis
Transcript of Harry S. Truman Speech Analysis
Announcement of the Dropping of an Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima
"The battle of the laboratories held fateful risks for us as well as the battles of the air, land, and sea, and we have now won the battle of the laboratories as we have won the other battles." (Truman par. 4)
"The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor." (Truman par. 2)
"We now have two great plants and many lesser works devoted to the production of atomic power. Employment during peak construction numbered 125,000 and over 65,000 individuals are now engaged in operating the plants. " (Truman par. 8)
"It had more than 2,000 times theblast power of th British 'Grand Slam,' which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare."
(Truman, par. 1)
"The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor"
Throughout the speech, Truman restates the fact that the atomic bomb is a major achievement for the U.S.A. He states that this is an advancement for many scientific purposes. Truman also lets the audience know that America now has this power in their hands that will only be used when fully needed
The German's were working hard to make an atomic bomb and ultimately enslave the world. They failed to complete this task. Truman is saying that although attempting to make this bomb was a very big risk, America did it. The USA won the battle of figuring out how to make an atomic bomb just like we have won other battles.
America won the battle against the German's.
The Japanese started the war when they attacked Pearl Harbor.
This struck the emotion of the people because of how devastating Pearl Harbor was. They were able to understand why we were attacking Germany.
We have thousands of people working to produce these bombs, and millions of dollars have gone into this, but it was all worth it because we won the battle.
He is trying to get the audiance to support the production of these bombs b saying that they helped us win the battle.
Truman refers back to an event that he knows his audience would be able to relate to. Since they know how powerful that bomb is, they would be able to get an idea of what this bomb was like.
By referencing a recent and extremely important event, Truman can easily explain to his audience why this action took place.
"I shall recommend that the Congress of the United States consider promptly the establishment of an appropriate commission to control the production and use of atomic power within the United States. I shall give further consideration and make further recommendations to the Congress as to how atomic power can become a powerful and forceful influence towards the maintance of world peace." (Truman par.17)
Truman will regulate the amount of bombs produced and used. He is going to make sure they"re used properly.
He is boosting his credibility by saying what he is going to do for the country.
"Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an importana army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of TNT. It had more than 2,000 times the blast of the British "Grand Slam," which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare.
The Americans dropped a bomb on Hiroshima. It was made up of highly explosive chemicals, and was 2,000 times stronger than the largest bomb that was ever used in the history of warfare.
He is giving facts on how strong the bomb is.