Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Rhetoric & Public Affairs 4.2, Summer 2001

Articles

    Watts, Eric King.
  • Cultivating a Black Public Voice: W.E.B. Du Bois and the "Criteria of Negro Art"
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    Subject Headings:
    • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    • Harlem Renaissance.
    • Art and race.
    Abstract:
      This essay explores the rhetorical performance of W. E. B. Du Bois during the Harlem Renaissance as he cultivates the conditions favorable to an "authentic" African American public voice. I argue that Du Bois's rhetoric accomplishes three tasks: First, it calls into being the features of "Negro Art." Second, it associates black art with a public voice and posits the black public voice as a mode of mediation between the opposing constraints of "pure art" and "propaganda." This mediation creates a space for public dialogue about race, culture, and society. Lastly, it proposes a rational role for the norms and values of black culture in the public deliberation of American civic life.
    Blair, Diane M.
  • No Ordinary Time: Eleanor Roosevelt's Address to the 1940 Democratic National Convention
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    Subject Headings:
    • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
    • Political oratory -- United States -- History -- 1933-1945.
    • Time perception.
    Abstract:
      Eleanor Roosevelt's address to the 1940 Democratic National Convention transformed a contentious situation into a motive for unified action on the part of the delegates, the president, and the first lady. The speech provides insight into the powerful rhetorical resource of time and insight into one of the central rhetorical strategies that enabled ER's expansion of the first lady role.
    Doxtader, Erik.
  • Making Rhetorical History in a Time of Transition: The Occasion, Constitution, and Representation of South African Reconciliation
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    Subject Headings:
    • Reconciliation.
    • South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1994-
    • Political oratory -- South Africa -- History -- 1961-
    Abstract:
      South Africa's turn to reconciliation did not begin with the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This essay examines the role of reconciliation in South Africa's transition from apartheid to constitutional democracy. It contends that reconciliation is a mode of rhetorical history-making, a complex set of inventional practices that both open time for speech and employ speech to make time. Viewed closely, this middle voice of reconciliation illustrates precise ways that institutions and citizens can craft the potential for future dialogue from within historical justifications for violence.
    Asen, Robert, 1968-
  • Nixon's Welfare Reform: Enacting Historical Contradictions of Poverty Discourses
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-
    • Public welfare -- United States -- History -- 1969-
    • Political oratory -- United States -- History -- 1969-
    Abstract:
      This essay examines a 1969 speech by President Nixon that introduced Americans to his Family Assistance Plan, a welfare reform proposal that would have provided poor families with a minimum income guarantee. I argue that historical contradictions of poverty discourses informed Nixon's speech and frustrated his attempt to articulate a new approach to federal welfare policy.
    Tonn, Mari Boor.
    Endress, Valerie A.
  • Looking Under the Hood and Tinkering with Voter Cynicism: Ross Perot and "Perspective by Incongruity"
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    Subject Headings:
    • Perot, H. Ross, 1930-
    • Presidential candidates -- United States.
    • Cynicism -- United States -- History -- 1969-
    Abstract:
      This essay examines Ross Perot's 1992 presidential bid as a comic catalyst for a reinvigorated view of civic responsibility. Despite the Texas maverick's political naiveté and penchant for miscalculation, his very presence in the campaign reanimated Americans' conception of grassroots democracy. By examining important and previously unexplored distinctions between planned and unplanned incongruity, we probe the means by which Perot invited consideration of alternative political perspectives and offered an appealing glimpse into a dormant, more deeply held democratic ideal.

Review Essay

    Ivie, Robert L.
  • Democratizing for Peace
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gowa, Joanne S. Ballots and bullets: the elusive democratic peace.
    • Kozhemiakin, Alexander V., 1973- Expanding the zone of peace?: democratization and international security.
    • Gilbert, Alan. Must global politics constrain democracy?: great-power realism, democratic peace, and democratic internationalism.
    • Weart, Spencer R., 1942- Never at war: why democracies will not fight one another.
    • Elman, Miriam Fendius, ed. Paths to peace: is democracy the answer?
    • Rummel, R. J. (Rudolph J.), 1932- Power kills: democracy as a method of nonviolence.
    • Peace.
    • Europe, Eastern -- Foreign relations -- 1989-

Reviews

    Murphy, John M.
  • Reinventing Democrats: The Politics of Liberalism from Reagan to Clinton (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Baer, Kenneth, 1972- Reinventing democrats: the politics of liberalism from Reagan to Clinton.
    • Democratic Party (U.S.)
    Hartnett, Stephen.
  • Rhetoric and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Benson, Thomas W., ed. Rhetoric and political culture in nineteenth-century America.
    • Political oratory -- United States -- History -- Congresses.
    Plec, Emily.
  • The Seduction Novel of the Early Nation: A Call for Socio-Political Reform (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bontatibus, Donna R., 1968- Seduction novel of the early nation: a call for socio-political reform.
    • American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
    Mattina, Anne F.
  • Lives of Their Own: Rhetorical Dimensions in Autobiographies of Women Activists (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Watson, Martha, 1941- Lives of their own: rhetorical dimensions in autobiographies of women activists.
    • Autobiography -- Women authors.
    Zaeske, Susan.
  • Angelina Grimké: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Browne, Stephen H. Angelina Grimké: rhetoric, identity, and the radical imagination.
    • Grimké, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879 -- Oratory.
    Jensen, Richard J. (Richard Jay), 1943-
  • Rhetoric in the New World: Rhetorical Theory and Practice in Colonial Spanish America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Abbott, Don Paul, 1947- Rhetoric in the New World: rhetorical theory and practice in colonial Spanish America.
    • Spanish language -- Rhetoric.
    Cordova, Nathaniel I.
  • Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gonzalez, Juan. Harvest of empire: a history of Latinos in America.
    • Hispanic Americans -- History.
    Willis-Rivera, Jennifer L.
  • The Rhetorical Career of César Chávez (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hammerback, John C. Rhetorical career of César Chávez.
    • Jensen, Richard J. (Richard Jay), 1943-
    • Chavez, Cesar, 1927- -- Oratory.
    Ballif, Michelle, 1964-
  • Empire of Meaning: The Humanization of the Social Sciences (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dosse, François, 1950- Empire of meaning: the humanization of the social sciences.
    • Melehy, Hassan, 1960-, tr.
    • Social sciences -- Philosophy.



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