Rhetorical Analysis Of Tom Hayden's Speech

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Tom Hayden, the voice behind the manifesto, was a student at the University of Michigan where the speech was given at in Port Huron, Michigan. He displays dissatisfaction and unimaginable events many young people were feeling in the 1960s. He goes on to say how we were once a nation of strength and wealth, the only with the atomic bomb at our disposal, the least scarred by modern warfare, as well an initiator of western influence throughout the world (2), as if everyone in the world wanted to be like the United States. The idea of the statement set out by Tom Hayden is to promote change and progress for the future, rather than having history re-peat itself all over again. In a period with hatred and bigotry in the south is when we as a whole…show more content…
In order to reconstruct what is in place at the moment we must be informed and educated on what is really going on around us, in order to make a difference and better the future of our nation. Surveys show that students around the nation don’t care for politics. The reason behind it is not having the urge and passion in learning about the realities of life and how democracy actually works. In contrary, it is simple to run a nation without actually having to enforce and regulate Congress or the top one percent of the nation to do what is right for the people, we are easily taken advantage of. Port Huron Statement urges us to be much more involved and not controlled by the structure that has been set out for us to go by but to rather to be “risky”, in everything we do. He wants us to reach for the stars in personal fulfillment and not wanting to be an average Joe. Social relevance, the accessibility to knowledge, and internal openness as I said earlier can help mold a brighter future in America, a future of honesty, integrity and
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