On December 7, 1941, the Japanese led their first attack on American soil by bombing the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This attack was the turning point for America's role in World War II. On December 8, Americans anxiously sat around their radios, ready to hear President Roosevelt address the nation. His message, (Day of Infamy) was clear and powerful, and would go down as one of the most effective speeches in American history. .
Nearly sixty years later, on September 11, 2001, America was again faced with a devastating attack. That morning, four domestic passenger jets were taken hostage simultaneously by 19 terrorists. They targeted four iconic buildings; buildings which were true representations of America's success. Their intent was to cause fear and disillusionment in America. Nine days after this extreme act of terrorism, the American people gathered around their televisions, waiting to hear President George W. Bush's speech regarding the attacks on 9/11. .
Biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
On January 30, 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born to James Roosevelt and Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. Franklin was an only child who's family had made their wealth through real estate and trade. He was raised in Springwood, New York, where his family had an estate in the Hudson River Valley.(Schuster 19). .
Due to his privileged life style, Roosevelt was privately tutored throughout his adolescent years. He left home in 1896 to study at Groton School for boys in Massachusetts (Schuster 59). This proved to be a humbling experience for him as he believed that he didn't fit in with the other students. .
After graduating from Groton in 1900, Franklin enrolled at Harvard University where he was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity and the editor of the Harvard Crimson newspaper (Schuster 81). Although he only did the necessary academics to achieve graduation, it only took him three years to earn his degree.