Lyndon Johnson 's The Great Society

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On 1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson delivered the speech, “The Great Society”. He traveled to Ann Arbor on May 22 to give his speech at the University of Michigan. Previously, Lyndon Johnson first mentioned “the great society” at the Ohio University. He stated, “ And with your courage and with your compassion and your desire, we will build a Great Society. It is a Society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled,”(Remarks in Athens at Ohio University line 51-52). However, it is at the University of Michigan where Lyndon B. Johnson elaborates and establishes the importance of “The Great Society” ,and where he delivered his famous speech. Lyndon Baines Johnson in The Great Society, creatively combines the unique use of …show more content…

Before he addresses the topics of his speech, he was able to establish the sense of patriotism through the syntax of the greeting and as it continues throughout the speech.
As his speech continued, L.B. Johnson maintained the syntax by using short sentences and repetition. In paragraph 5, Lyndon used the shorts sentences and repetitiveness of the term, “It is a place” , to drive home the point of the “Great Society” and gain attention of the audience. In paragraph 5 it states, “ The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge... It is a place where leisure is... It is a place where the city of... It is a place where man... It is a place which honors creation.... It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods,” which shows the many repeats. Because of his effective use of the syntax in paragraph 5, he was able to gain the attention the audience and forward their attention into the “Great Society” and the possibility of the greatness of America. The use of the syntax helps to gain the attention of the audience by using the same point repeatedly.
He continued to establish the desired tone by changing from a short sentence structure to longer sentences. This was greatly effective due to change of a slower pace it created. An example is present in paragraph 8 when it states, “It is a challenge constantly

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