Readings and Homework for this week:
This week we will continue our discussion of how the ideas, issues and rhetorical discourse that defined America in the Revolutionary Period and through the Abolitionist and the Woman Suffrage Movements, continue to be used in Civil Rights discourse and into contemporary political discourse.  Papers will come in on Tuesday.

Please bring the review material pages with you to class on Tuesday and Thursday this week so that we can look at them together as time permits at the end of each class session.

I'll just plan on collecting questions regularly now until the end of the term to help with classwork point totals.

T     9    More Americans Becoming Visible: The Gay Rights Movement Presentation by Emily McKnight [Fisher]
Read: Mary Fisher, "A Whisper of AIDS," 1992, online at: ; Urvashi Vaid, "Speech At The March On Washington," April 25, 1993 online at
R    11    Redefining America During Conflict
Read: George W. Bush Congressional Address, "Freedom at War with Fear," Sept. 20, 2001; online at ; George W. Bush "Freedom and the Future," Feb. 27, 2003, online at ; Senator Robert Byrd, "Today, I Weep for My Country," March 19, 2003, on-line at Senatory Byrd's website,   

Study Questions for Tuesday

1. Fisher's speech is a call to action.  First, identify the specific action(s) she wants the Republican Party to take, then note the examples she uses in the speech to show individual people how to act.

2. Vaid's address at the Gay Rights March on Washington is in many ways an effort to meet the moral outrage of those opposed to Gay Rights with the moral outrage of the members of the movement.  How does she evaluate the morality of both sides in the debate?  Who does she claim occupies the moral high ground and why?

Study Questions for Thursday

1. Would you say that Bush's Sept. 20, 2001 address is informative, persuasive, or epideictic?  Justify your answer making reference to the speech.

2. The central term of Bush's Feb. 27, 2003 address is "freedom."  How does he use this term/idea throughout the speech?  What does it mean?

3. What is the goal of Robert Byrd's speech of March 19, 2003?  What rhetoricial strategies does he use to try to reach that goal?


Sample Final Paper is Here

Final Exam Description and Review Materials are available

Classwork points discussion is available

Overhead on Inaugural Addresses
Overheads on Characteristics of Abolitionism (from Tuesday, Sept. 16)

Review of Concepts of Rhetoric Discussed on August 28.
Overhead on Puritanism
Overheads on the Stamp Act and Townshend Duties

Information on the Outside Speech Assignment for Classwork Points is now Available here

Major Assignment Guidelines and Information:

Guidelines for all written assignments.
Details on Paper Assignment 1
Details on Paper Assignment 2
Details on Paper Assignment 3

         topic submission form for paper 3

Additional Support Materials

Timeline for the Puritan Movement

Timeline for the American Revolution

Timeline for the Abolition Movement

Timeline for the Woman Suffrage Movement

Library Resources for your work this semester.