ERIC Number: ED247625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Shirley Chisholm and Women's Rights Rhetoric.
Williamson-Ige, Dorothy K.
The rhetorical appropriateness of two of Shirley Chisholm's persuasive speeches on women's liberation were assessed using Afrocentric criteria for speech criticism developed by Molefi K. Asante (1979). The speeches addressed the controversy of whether the women's liberation movement was appropriate for women of minority cultures in the United States. The first speech, delivered to a predominantly white audience focused on women's rights from the standpoint of white American culture, while the second speech, delivered to a predominantly black audience, treated the issue from a black American cultural perspective. The application of Asante's criteria revealed that Chisholm's treatment of theme, audience, composition, speaker presence, and the speech components of style and emotion, as well as appeal to folklore and memory of the past were quite positive. Chisholm's use of logic and indirection were questionable because she used early deductive reasoning and directness when inductive logic and indirection probably would have been more appropriate for any receivers who were uncommitted to women's rights. Chisholm's assets in both messages clearly outweighed her liabilities. Thus, Asante's criteria for evaluating black speakers have proved workable tools for measuring the rhetorical effort of Chisolm's persuasive communication in the two selected speeches. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Asantes (Molefi); Audience Awareness; Chisholm (Shirley); Rhetorical Strategies