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How does Truman talk his audience into believing that Greece needs American support?

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frangin | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:14 AM via web

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How does Truman talk his audience into believing that Greece needs American support?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Truman does this by laying out the reasons that Greece is in need of help.  He argues that:

  • Greece is in dire need of help in order to continue to exist.
  • It lacks resources.
  • It was devastated by WWII.  Here, he adds statistics that are meant to draw sympathy, such as that 85% of Greek children after the war had Tuberculosis.
  • It doesn't have enough money to import what it needs.
  • It is under attack by terrorists led by communists.
  • Britain can no longer afford to support Greece.

By laying out these conditions, Truman hopes to convince Americans that they need to give aid to Greece.

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