Rhetorical Analysis Of President Roosevelt's The Four Freedoms

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President Roosevelt addressed in his speech “The Four Freedoms” that all previous wars have not affected the safety of our nation besides the Maximilian in Mexico. Dangerous world powers are seeking to establish themselves in the western hemisphere of the United States. Having said this, the President believes to better the safety and future of the country, we must involve ourselves in these events beyond the borders of the United States. In order to maintain enough worldly power, involvement in other continents is necessary so that the other continents are not conquered and used against the United States with their power exceeding one’s own. He then directs the speech around making plans and achieving goals. His justification towards lending thousands of hours of labor to make supplies for war allowed the United States to prepare itself a defense in case dictators attacked. Finishing off his speech, Roosevelt made clear that citizens ought to have their unalienable rights such as the four freedoms he mentions. After addressing the current state of America, President Roosevelt’s only option was to break the isolationist trend in order to revive the economy to produce an improved life for the American people.
The President’s tone, while calm and collected throughout the beginning of his speech “The Four Freedoms,” alarmed the country. He introduces urgency with a bold statement saying, “No realistic American can expect from a dictator’s peace
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