Contains a collection of transcripts of contemporary American speeches, providing brief biographical information on the author of each speech, as well as critical and historical context. Includes CD-ROM with forty-two significant speeches.
This expansive collection provides students with the two essential elements they need in order to master contemporary public address, rhetorical criticism, and persuasion: significant speeches and critical essays written by rhetorical scholars. This collection of 37 speeches and 12 essays is an excellent resource, offering the texts of timely and interesting discourse!
"Contemporary American History, 1877-1913" by Charles A. Beard. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
The objective of this paper is to establish a concrete framework in which to evaluate the efficiency of contemporary American political speeches on the basis of their adherence to Aristotle's Rhetoric so that political speakers may identify rhetorical weaknesses and improve upon them. Consequently, they may improve overall political efficiency. This paper is divided into two major sections. In the first, the Rhetoric of Aristotle is examined in depth, and a list of criteria is developed. Part two is a step-by-step application of the Aristotelian criteria developed in Part One. The criteria are used to analyze two sets of campaign speeches from the 1980 American Presidential contest between incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican Governor Ronald Reagan. One set consists of the party nomination acceptance addresses. The other set consists of addresses before the National Urban League. Conclusions are drawn regarding each speaker's effectiveness as compared with the Aristotelian model, and suggestions are made for improivement.
"A collection of encyclopedia-styled essays on 58 leading political, social, and religious speakers, American Orators of the Twentieth Century fills an enormous void in the literature on American public address. ... Each assesses the orator's impact on American life and delineates such aspects of his or her speaking as argumentation, style, persuasive techniques, delivery, and methods of speech preparation. Appended to each essay is a chronology of the orator's major speeches and a list of information sources that includes leading research collections, speech anthologies, critical studies, and biographies. Given the large number of contributors, the entries are remarkably even in coverage and clarity. ... On the whole, the editors have achieved a sensible balance among mainstream political leaders, religious orators, and spokesmen and spokeswomen for a variety of historical and contemporary causes. If we judge the book on the quality of the essays it contains, rather than on the alternative speakers it might have included, it deserves high marks. Scrupulously edited, superbly produced, and splendidly bound, it will be the standard reference work on its subject for years to come."--Amazon.com.
You have discovered one of the most comprehensive on-line collections of speech texts of contemporary American History. Here you can read the speeches and backgrounds of many of the most influential and poignant speakers of the recorded age. To help put each speaker in historical context, we have also provided a brief timeline of historical events.