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Read President Carter’s speech “Crisis of Confidence” and answer the following questions:

1. Rhetorically, this was not a strong speech. Could Carter have made the same points in a more effective manner? If so, how?

2. In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt warned the American people that they had “nothing to fear but fear itself.” In many ways, President Carter’s speech also was an appeal to the American people not to become despondent. President Carter’s speech, however, was not successful. What reasons other than the weakness of the speech account for this failure? How were the late 1970s different from the early 1930s?

3. What did Carter identify as the “crisis” confronting the nation at that time?

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