Truman's and Kennedy's Inaugural Addresses

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In his inaugural address, Harry S. Truman used many emotional appeals. An example of which is, "Our allies are the millions who hunger and thirst after righteousness." Another example would be, "More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery... for the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and the skill to relieve the suffering of these people."

Another technique Truman used in his speech was repetition. One example of this is found in the middle of the speech. He began six consecutive sentences with, "We (the United States) have..." to add emphasis to the importance of the United State's peace restoring methods. Another example can be found toward the end of the speech. Truman began five sentences with "We are aided by all who..." to show that the majority of the world population are on our side for international security and a growing prosperity.

The context of Truman's speech was anti-communism and about the UN. He also laid out his prerogative for four major courses of action. The first one was to give the UN unfaltering support. The second was to work for world economic recovery by supporting the Europe recovery program and by reducing trade barriers and increasing the volume. Thirdly, he wanted to strengthen freedom-loving nations from the dangers of aggression. His idea was to provide military advice and equipment to free nations that would cooperate with us. Finally, Truman wanted a program to make the benefits of our scientific advances and progress available to underdeveloped areas.

Truman's introduction was straightforward and to the point, addressing the Vice President, fellow citizens, etc.

His conclusion was quite emotional, keeping with loyalty to liberty and the belief that Almighty God will ensure the future of mankind and the world.

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