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Thursday, June 23, 20056/23/2005Jun23200520Academic Theme CD: Franklin Delano Roosevelt's War MessageOn December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing 2,400 Americans. The next day, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave this famous speech informing Americans that, to his mind, a state of war had existed since the moment of the attack. Although the president, and America, had taken an isolationist stance prior to the attack, American attitudes were dramatically changed by the attack and Roosevelt's speech. By contrasting an early draft of the message with the text of the speech as Roosevelt delivered it, we can gain insight to the ways seemingly minor word changes can dramatically alter the rhetorical power of a message.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.buffalostate.edu/documents/fdrwarmessage.pdf">Download text of speech (PDF, 76KB)</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.buffalostate.edu/documents/fdrdraft.pdf">Download draft of speech (PDF, 570KB)</a></p>
<p>Speech taken from the <a href="http://www.buffalostate.edu/orientation/x624.xml">2005–2006 Buffalo State Academic Theme CD</a>.2005/06/20050623_1100_fdr.mp36/23/200500:07:114.48 MBAcademic1Historical10