With the campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney concluded, the campaign speechmaking ends as well. Campaign speechmaking as a separate or unique type of rhetoric is analyzed by some VOD contributors. Check out these units on specific campaign oratory:
Just having marked the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address on March 4th and having recently celebrated the bicentennial of his birth, much consideration has been given to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. For those interested in learning more or in integrating some Lincoln materials into your rhetoric and public address courses, check out VOD’s unit on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and its partner unit on Edward Everett’s Gettysburg Address.
We’d also encourage interested scholars to develop a unit on either of Lincoln’s inaugural addresses.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. It also marks the anniversary of one of the most remarkable speeches in American history.
For those celebrating this anniversary or teaching this speech, VOD‘s teaching unit on JFK’s Inaugural Address is worth a visit. There you will find the speech itself, teaching and learning resources, suggested classroom activities and assignments, and an interpretive essay by Sara Ann Mehltretter that emphasizes the foreign policy dimensions of the Inaugural Address.
New units analyzing important public oratory will soon come to Voices of Democracy, including:
- Eugene Debs, “Canton, Ohio Speech” (1918)—by James Darsey
- Lyndon B. Johnson, “Renunciation Speech” (1968)—by David Zarefsky
- Abraham Lincoln, “House Divided Speech” (1858)—by David Zarefsky
- Harvey Milk, “The Hope Speech” (1978)—by Charles E. Morris III & Jason Edward Black