Four Freedoms Speech Comparison Essay

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”-Winston Churchill During two periods of times which faced hardships, both Roosevelt and Obama inspire hope in a distraught nation through well-crafted speeches that employ courage, unity, and peace. The only difference between these two speeches, “Four Freedoms” speech and “Yes, We Can” speech, was the matter that one President fought a war within the country while the other President prepared us for a war. The years 1941 and 2008 share a great difference, but these two time periods also compared in a couple of ways. At the time of these speeches, the American people had been conquered by fear. Although the People had been swamped with panic, these two leaders still…show more content…
Though this fear was real, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was not discouraged from keeping hope in this nation. “Since the beginning of our American history, we have been engaged in change—in a perpetual peaceful revolution . . . Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.” - Four Freedoms speech The fears that appeared within the “Yes, We Can” speech were primarily economical. Unemployment, evictions, foreclosures, the inability to pay bills and to buy groceries were common problems that many Americans were dealt. Such a financial crisis was caused by the collapse of the Lehman Brothers Global Bank, which “almost brought down the world’s financial system” The Economists from says[1]. Many economists considered this to be worst financial crisis since the Great Depression[2]. Some quotes from the “Yes, We Can” speech provide evidence that this fear was real for many Americans in 2008. “The Maytag worker who's now competing with his own teenager for a $7 an hour job at the local Wal-Mart, because the factory he gave his life to shut its doors,. .

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