Listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech

With a partner:

  • Discuss FDR's use of rhetorical appeal - ethos, pathos, logos
    • What was the purpose of this speech?
    • Who was he addressing?
    • What rhetorical techniques did he use to unite the American people?
    • What words aided in his appeal?
  • Did he believe the attack was deliberate/planned? Why?
  • How does his use of time ("yesterday," "last night," "this morning," etc.) aid in his appeal?
  • Why did FDR include other attacks in this speech? For what purpose?
  • How did "fear" play part in this speech?
  • Is there evidence of FDR's plan to intern Japanese Americans? - listen for the quote (4:30)

Now, listen to George Takei's story

  • What stood out to you?
  • How did Takei remember the internment camps?
  • How did he explain why the Japanese were interned?
  • How did the U.S. test detainees to check for loyalty?