The new president, a Democrat, was replacing Dwight D. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge, and much more. The citizens of a democracy, he believed, had a responsibility to contribute their best efforts to its survival. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Throngs of onlookers and millions of television viewers also watched the procession; it took three hours to pass by. Kennedy included in his speech several suggestions made by Harvard economist and by the former Democratic presidential candidate.
The zeugma functions to make his requests seem less demanding. The discussion is also an opportunity for the teacher to listen carefully to student responses and make an informal check for understanding. The Speech Now that we've looked at the context surrounding Kennedy's presidency, let's look specifically at his 13-minute inaugural address and some of the specific things he said. By doing this, he can emphasize that both sides need to work together to solve the problems in the world. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas.
To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support--to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective--to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak--and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown that morning before joining President Eisenhower to travel the Capitol. United States Department of Education and Public Programs, John F. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. To those new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny.
With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own. You are right that this was a very successful speech reaching its intended audiences and provoking the anticipated response. Library of Congress, citing article of 18 January 1961. I definitely would say this was the most famous inaugural speech ever done. For each pledge students will provide a short answer to a comprehension check question.
Answer any questions students might have about the process for analyzing this section. Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Kennedy Inaugural Address Friday, January 20, 1961 Heavy snow fell the night before the inauguration, but thoughts about cancelling the plans were overruled. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by writing summaries of selections from the original document and, by the end of the unit, articulating their understanding of the complete document by answering questions in an argumentative writing style to fulfill the Common Core Standards. To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. Kennedy, around mid-day, on January 20, 1961, in Washington, D.
Student work is collected and checked for understanding. This will be a class project. At the same time, Kennedy's address revealed how far the United States had moved in international affairs. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed. To those peoples in huts and villages in the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required. Their notes will help them as they begin the activity. Chief of Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom.
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? The spirit of renewal and hope possessed by Kennedy also made his address very convincing to me. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house. He approaches these goals subtly though, and uses a string of rhetoric to increase the odds of a positive public reaction. He does this by bringing up Americas proudest moment, independence. While the world was split between two major ideologies of democracy and communism, and the Cold war was in effect, John F Kennedy made his inaugural address, contributing to him convincing the world it was a time for change. The invocation and prayers lasted a total of 28 minutes. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor light our country and all serve it.
Will you join in that historic effort? Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. He raised their expectations of themselves, and of their nation. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Now the trumpet summons us again. Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world. History of a Free Nation. The Cold War was not an actual military conflict fought with armies and weapons, but a conflict of ideas, threats, and competition. Throughout Kennedy's speech, he uses various stylistic devices which helps add strength and character to his speech.
How are effective speeches constructed? The Congress had extended the East Front, and the inaugural platform spanned the new addition. For example: Americans will do anything necessary to ensure that all the human rights of all people of the world are protected. In place of hostility between the two superpowers, Kennedy urged cooperation. . Review the questions students have and see if any can be answered at this time.