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JFK Inauguration

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JFK Inauguration Analysis
By: Nicole Cantu, Olivia Kelly, Cheyanne Donis, Azeeza Bari

Critical words/phrases
Symbolize- a symbol of freedom
Rhetorical Mode
Our task for this speech was to understand what the message JFK was trying to get across and analyze its historical significance. Then after persuade our audience based on the speeches message whether we agree with his statements or not.

Purpose: The purpose of this speech is to persuade America that it's our job as Americans to make America great again, or even the world as a whole, just like JFK said in his speech. He addressed how America has had victories in its past, but also suffered many loses through fighting. We can only make our country, or even world stronger by sticking together, and that's up to us as a nation and everyone else in the world to stick together rather than knocking each other down.

In this speech, John F. Kennedy spoke to unite America and bring us together as a nation again. He brings to attention that we are still struggling the issues that our founding fathers fought for. He informs that we
make a difference and that we may not be able to fix the world all in 100 days or for longer, but we
start now. he expresses how we need peace all over the world, not for votes, but for sincerity. Kennedy states that this is America and we are free and we
defend our freedom by all means necessary, "ask not what your country can do for you-- ask what you can do for your country" (Kennedy 3). He ends the speech with saying that this is is the land of God, and to lead it because we love it.
Audience/ Impact
Forebears - the founding fathers
Abolish- to put an end to poverty
Heirs- the fortunate generations ahead
Foe- enemy
Ventures- risky adventure
Freedom- putting an end to slavery
Communists- one that adheres to the rules of communism
Revolution- peaceful protest to free all men
Invective- prevent harsh language or abuse
Adversary- competing nations
Engulf- not allowing destruction to take over humanity
Negotiate- never agree out of fear nor fear to negotiate
Belaboring- unite as one instead of arguing a divide
Invoke- learn to wonder not to terrorize
Beachhead- position on a beach taken from the enemy
Sister Republics - new alliances, Central & Southern America
Tribulation- great trouble or suffer against common enemies
Asunder- avoid division of the nation
Formulate- creating a precise proposal

In John F Kennedy's Inauguration speech the rhetorical mode used was persuasion. He uses this to help his audence understand that the United States will now be a better place because he is in charge. He wants to give the people of American an assurance that he will do his best for this country and nothing will hold him back.
The president during January 1961- November 1963, John F. Kennedy wanted only the best. He says "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate" (Kennedy 2). When he says this he means That the nation will never show to fail, but he can only assure that if "fellow citizens... will rest the success or failure of our course" (Kennedy 2).

Audience: This is JFKs inauguration speech and he's addressing his speech to all of America, therefore, we are too.

Impact on society: The speech was not JFKs best speech he ever gave but it still had a huge impact on society. The whole point of this speech was to reexamine the nation as a whole since they just came out of the Cold War. He wanted to have the country learn to cooperate with their allies to spread peace within nations across the world. He has stated "Common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself (JFK 3)", which shows that other nations aren't the real enemy but what is created from feud. He also states that, "civility is not a sign of weakness (JFK 1)" which is true because if anything, civility shows how much bigger of a nation we are since we're trying to reason rather than just to go into war for not agreeing about something.


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John F. Kennedy: "Inaugural Address," January 20, 1961. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=8032.

"Inaugural Address: John F. Kennedy." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.
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