John F. Kennedy 's Speech Essay

1198 Words May 5th, 2016 5 Pages
From the Mayflower Compact to the Emancipation Proclamation, there have been numerous documents throughout American history that have impacted the country. These documents have caused wars, alliances, hatred, relief, and much more. While many of them occurred long ago, they have each influenced the country we see today. Some of these documents gave advice that was obeyed, while others were completely ignored. The choice to embrace or overlook this advice is what causes changes to arise. There are five specific historical documents in the Essential American Documents and Speeches book that have impacted America or should have been heeded better; Albert Einstein’s “Letter to Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” John F. Kennedy’s “Cuban Missile Crisis Speech,” Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” Speech, and Abraham Lincoln’s “The Gettysburg Address.”

In Albert Einstein’s “Letter to Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” he explains the importance of uranium in Germany which may lead to the construction of nuclear bombs. He says that, “uran-

ium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future.” Einstein suggests the relevance of maintaining contact between the Administration and the physicists in America. This letter had an extreme impact on America because it warned the President that there was a threat from Germany, and the nuclear bomb came six years after the letter was written. It also urged the federal…

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