FDR’s 4th Inaugural Address

      Comments Off on FDR’s 4th Inaugural Address

In this address, FDR emphasizes the commitment the U.S. has to liberty across the world. Echoing Woodrow Wilson’s speech about why America should fight in WWI. Using rhetoric such as, “The Almighty God has blessed our land in many ways. He has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth.” This leads back to Manifest Destiny and the “God-given” right for Americans to expand the country from sea to shining sea. The previous line also shows the belief that the U.S. should fight for not only their liberty but the world’s. It also alludes to the privileged position America was in geographically (Hoffman).

FDR at his 4th Inauguration