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Use of Historical References in "To the Moon"

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We Choose to Go to the Moon, John F. Kennedy, 1962

Kennedy, John F. "We Choose to Go to the Moon." The Nation's Space Effort. Rice Stadium, Rice University, Houston, Texas. 12 Sept. 1962. Er.jsc.nasa.gov. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

President Kennedy describes how "50,000 years of man's recorded history in a time span of but a half-century" (lines 26-28)" primarily to

A

acknowledge concerns of angering other countries.

B

explain why it will be difficult to send men into space.

C

identify primary counterarguments to his own point of view.

D

justify the financial feasibility of sending man to the moon.

E

prove just how quickly man can be in space from the present date.