Essay about John F. Kennedy 's Speech

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John F. Kennedy was president from 1961 to 1963, in the height of the Cold War. During his presidency, the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred, which was the closet that the United States and Soviet Union ever came to war. Less than a year after this event, in 1963 President Kennedy gave an impassioned commencement speech at American University. His speech was not filled with inflammatory rhetoric, like calling the Soviet Union an “evil empire” as Ronald Reagan famously would. His speech instead, called for peace, disarmament, and cooperation between the two countries. Not a utopia, but a realistic peace. Though it was a commencement speech at American University, it was really addressed to people throughout the entire country. In his speech he successfully uses the three rhetorical appeals to persuade the audience when laying out his vision for a peaceful future, the steps he is taking toward that goal, and the obscene amount of spending being put into nuclear weapons for deterrence.
One of the first things that Kennedy establishes is his view for the future and a plan for creating a realistic peace. In Tamar Mshvenieradze’s journal article “logos ethos and pathos in political discourses,” she writes how essential pathos is to connect with an audience and deliver a persuasive message. Kennedy asks the audience to look within at their own attitude at the, “possibilities of peace, toward the Soviet Union, toward the course of the cold war and toward freedom and peace here at…

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