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John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address:

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Zoey Clem

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Transcript of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address:

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address:
It was meant to give hope and gain trust
Post Cold War
Speech was meant to bring peace
Subject- Peace across all nations
Occasion- Being sworn into office
Audience- J.F.K is speaking not only to Americans, but other countries as well
Purpose- Meant to bring an option of peace worldwide
Tone- Confident in the things America can accomplish
John F. Kennedy's address is mainly about peace across the nations. He offers peace to everyone from state rights to allying with other countries. He offers a safe haven and an agreement to move forward without means of arms.
John F. Kennedy's claim is that we can achieve peace and freedom. He does this by reaching out to every part of the world and offering a release. Everyone deserves the justice of freedom.
John F. Kennedy uses promising diction to get his message across. He uses sentences that are long and promising to those he refers to..."To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends." This kind of diction is important because it draws the reader in and makes them listen. When he speaks in relevance of you, you listen to hear what he is planning for you in the future.
Syntax: uses standard syntax to keep the reader on the same level
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill..."
This is important because you want to be able to understand everything he says. Had he made the sentences more sophisticated, he might of lost the interest of some who may not understand.
Rhetorical Strategies:
Repetition to detail the many people he's determined to reach
"To those old allies...To those new States.."
This is important because it defines who J.F.K. is as a president. He was trying to convey that he cares for every working class and not just the government. This strategy was successful by aiding Kennedy is getting the attention of all of the nations.

Referencing to the Bible
"...in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah..."
This was important because J.F.K was the first Roman Catholic president in the history of the nation. This reference to the Bible pulled more attention from the religious class of the nation and held respect to his own religion in the process. It helped him gain more political ground through offering a fresh start to those who have made mistakes.
"The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this ecdeavor will light our county and all who serve it - and the glow from that fire can truly light the world."
This gave the speech and the americans hope. It put the fate of our country in the hands of the americans. By making them responsible for the way the country thrives, put a kind of purpose in the minds of the Americans, giving them the freedom to chose how things turned out.
Historical Context:
The country was in fear of war in the 1960's.
This speech was made as a swearing in of the 35th president of the united states

J.F.K was the youngest president elected into office
First Roman Catholic President
His brother (Robert F. Kennedy) was an attorney general

My Impression:
After reading his inaugural address I saw him as kind hearted and a peace maker. He would much rather talk things out than to fight with weapons and violence.

How did he change society...
His line summoned citizens to "...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." creating a blanket of self worth across the county.

John F. Kennedy was successful in his inaugural address speech. Using rhetorical strategies he challenged the nations to come together through peace, offering friendship and companionship.
Works Cited:
Current Biography: Who's News and Why 1950. The H.W. Wilson Company, 1951. 294-295.
Current Biography: Who's News and Why 1960. The H.W. Wilson Company, 1961. 294-295.
Kennedy, David, Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant. 14th edition. Wadsworth, 2010. 972-974.
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