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ERIC Number: ED411567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 34
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The Rhetorical Compact: Toward a New Genre of Rhetorical Criticism.
Scott, David K.
This paper proposes the examination of the "rhetorical compact" as a new genre of rhetorical criticism. The paper contends that the study of rhetorical compacts and the resulting influence on rhetorical patterns can serve as a tool to the scholar seeking to identify the implicit strategies in textual analysis. It suggests a linear analysis that examines the motives, terms, and outcomes of this rhetorical phenomenon. Several historical case studies are detailed that illustrate the significance of rhetorical compacts as a genre form, i.e.: (1) Why did the 1944 Republican Presidential nominee, Thomas Dewey, refrain from making the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor a campaign issue in 1944?; (2) Why did President Eisenhower refuse to defuse the missile gap issue in the 1960 election?; (3) Why did the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee, Barry Goldwater, fail to use the Vietnam War and civil rights as a campaign issue?; and (4) Why did the 1968 Republican Presidential nominee, Richard Nixon, refrain from criticizing the Johnson Administration for their conduct of the Vietnam War? The paper concludes that rhetorical compacts can help account for patterns in historical rhetoric that would remain partially unexplained. Contains 15 notes and 32 references. (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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