ERIC Number: EJ862889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Unity and Duality in Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union"
Terrill, Robert E.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v95 n4 p363-386 Nov 2009
Faced with a racialized political crisis that threatened to derail his campaign to become the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama delivered a speech on race titled "A More Perfect Union." He begins by portraying himself as an embodiment of double consciousness, but then invites his audience to share his doubled perspective, and finally models a doubled mode of speaking and acting that is captioned by the well-known maxim, the Golden Rule. This speech text thus contributes discursive resources required for the productive doubling necessary for the successful negotiation of contemporary public culture. (Contains 72 notes.)
Descriptors: African Americans, Political Campaigns, Presidents, Crisis Management, Rhetoric, Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking, Alienation, Perspective Taking, Self Concept, Figurative Language, Racial Attitudes, Language Styles
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Identifiers - Location: United States