After the Day of Infamy: “Man-on-the-Street” Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Historical Analysis and Interpretation: Identifying an Author's Perspective
The "Man-on-the-Street" and "Dear Mr. President" recordings provided a rich source of material for radio producers. The recordings could be used to support a variety of perspectives on the United States' role in the world, the Japanese, President Roosevelt, and a variety of other topics. Listen to the recording "Dear Mr. President" prepared as a test recording for broadcast. Analyze the recording to develop insight into the perspective of its producers.
- How did the producers of the recording illustrate the change in attitude between the summer of 1941 and February 1942? Why is this change important?
- How did the producers use pre-recorded interviews to deal with attitudes such as isolationism, apathy, self-interest? How do the different accents and manners of speaking influence you as a listener?
- How are music and sound effects employed to create a mood?
- How are testimonials used to arouse the general public to support the president?
- What was the purpose of the test recording?
- To what extent is this recording propaganda?