What It means to be an american The speech can be labeled motivational or inspirational. Whatever the label, it will be successful because it bynes Americans together in way that hasn’t been done. By the delivering the speech, Harold Ickles threntrted American democracy to its very core. He showed how Americans fight freedoms and liberties within the US but turn a blind eye when another nation needs help. The reason why Ickles wrote this speech is to make Americans realize – what it means to be an American. Also to understand the liberties that we have are being taken for granted, The same liberties that we take for granted other nations do not have. The speech made a mark on why we decided to join World War II. ICkles gave the speech to make americans feel patriotic during world war two. The speech was trying to unite the americans during that state of fear should america intervene with the war. America wanted to help fight the war because europe our are allies overseas. Harold wanted all americans to realize how close the world was to world domination. The point that he was making was the self worth of the american man what was worth the cause to what is americans are and with that o understanding the self worth of man he wanted to measure the self worth of an american man and how far they were willing to go to fight for what they believed in as americans. The speaker was Harold ickes the speech was on american dat in new york park central, it’s important to understand that the speech was given on american day, because it’s the day when a american is being defined and what it truly means to be an american. The audience was patriotic americans and the military but he was speaking to all americans to unite as one and fight for the cause of world war II. There was many purposes for why harold gave the speech, he wanted them to recozie what it means to be an american and going to go help europe in the war. Americans not how to fight for their way of life he uses examples such as World War I, the great depression and then probation era. All those examples were what dinfed the fight for what an american has and what we as americans believe in, and how we should not only help the fight over seas but fight the fight back home. Americans take all the liberties for granted that was one of the points he trying to make that we as americans have all these great liberties that we as americans have, he made an emphasis on how other countries are having those same liberties taken away from them, Ickles wanted them to important and the many freedoms that we are faced with. The foundation on which we stand with american democracy was shaking from beneath them that the very thing that all americasn love was being thernted but the nazi’s and that going into the war was a necessary evil that was. This all ties into what the american spirit is the very foundation that american democracy is built on. The rhetorical strategies that are used are repetition, ethos, pathos and logos. The repetition of the word american makes the reader and audience feel patricatr to feel apart of the american democracy that is taken apart of. Pathos is used to strike the audience to make them feel grief he wanted to strike the audience to make them feel some form of emotion to want the audience to want to fight in the war. Ickles uses ethos by trying to convince america that we are enough that we can help the fight. Logos is proven by ickles saying ´´We are Free Americans´´this is logos because harold use facts from the declaration of independence and magna carta.