Twentieth Century American Public Address by pyb17727


									                                    COURSE SYLLABUS

                                     COM 381.01
                      Twentieth Century American Public Address
                                  Three Credit Hours
                                     Spring, 2010
                                    12:30-1:45 TTh
                                      DRCB 326

Instructor:  Dr. J. D. Ragsdale
Office:      212C Dan Rather Communications Building
Phone:       294-1848
Office Hrs : 2 :00-3 :00 Daily. Other hours by appointment.

A critical study of modern social movements and campaigns through an analysis of speakers
and speeches, 1900-2000. This is a writing enhanced course.

Course Plan:

This course examines significant speakers and speeches in historical perspective in order to
understand American history more fully and to develop a consensus about what is likely to
be effective speaking. Each speech in the textbook is prefaced by a Commentary, which
provides the basic historical background necessary to understand the speaker and the speech.
You should read each assigned speech prior to the class periods in which it will be discussed,
and you will be asked to participate in the discussion of each speech. Some of the speeches
in this course are available in audio form and will be played in class.

Beginning with the second week of March, speakers and speeches to be studied are not
included in the textbook. A list of these speeches is attached at the end of this syllabus.
You will either be supplied with a copy of the assigned speech or asked to find it online
(some online sites also contain video clips).

In place of some in-class meetings, there will be online assignments.

Textbook: Reid, R. F., and J. F. Klumpp (2005). American Rhetorical Discourse, 3rd Ed.
Waveland Press.

  Week                                   Topic                                Readings in Text

01/13-01/15                     The Rhetorical Tradition and                    Introduction
                                Rhetorical Theory
01/18-01/22                     Rhetorical Criticism
01/25-01/29                     Turn of the Century to WWI:                     Section IX*
                                T. Roosevelt, Wilson
02/01-02/05                     WWI and the League of Nations:                  Section XII*
                                Bryan, Wilson, Lodge
02/08-02/12                     The New Deal: F. D. Roosevelt                   Section XIII*

02/15-02/19                   WWII: FDR, Wheeler                          Section XII*
02/22-02/26                   The Cold War: Churchill, Dulles,            Section XVI*
                              Kennedy, Reagan
03/01-03/05                   Civil Rights: Kennedy, King, Steinem        Section XV*
03/08-03/12                   Against the Tide: Darrow, Fosdick
03/15-03/19                   Spring Break
03/22-03/26                   Presidential and Campaign Rhetoric:
                              FDR, Long, Truman, Nixon
03/29-04/02                   Presidential and Campaign Rhetoric:
                              Stevenson, Eisenhower, Nixon
04/05-04/09                   Presidential and Campaign Rhetoric:
                              Carter, Reagan, Obama
04/12-04/16                   Pivotal Moments: MacArthur, Kennedy, E.
                              Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan
04/19-04/23                   Pivotal Moments: John Glenn, Frank
                              Borman, Neil Armstrong
04/26-04/30                   Sports World: Gehrig, Ruth, Stengel, Aaron
05/03-05/05                   Outside the Line: Edward VIII, Chamberlain,

*Omit speakers not identified under Topic

Course Objectives:

      To develop the student’s understanding of rhetorical theory.
      To develop the student’s ability to engage in rhetorical analysis and criticism.
      To develop the student’s understanding of the role of speeches in American history
      To develop the student’s advanced writing skills.
      To develop the student’s ability to apply generalizations from the study of significant
       speeches to his/her own speaking.

Student Responsibilities:

1. Class attendance is expected, and absences are likely to affect your grade adversely.
   Following university policy, there is no penalty for three or fewer hours of absence (two
   class meetings), but each absence in excess of two will result in ten points being
   subtracted from your final total.
2. You must refrain from behavior in the classroom that intentionally or unintentionally
   disrupts the learning process and thus impedes the mission of the university. Please turn
   off or mute your cell phone and/or pager while in class, and keep all electronic devices
   out of sight (this includes laptop computers, but you may have permission to use your
   laptop by conferring with your instructor). You may not eat, use tobacco products,
   make offensive remarks, read newspapers or other material not relevant to the class,
   sleep, talk with others at inappropriate times, wear inappropriate clothing, or engage in
   any other form of distracting behavior. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall
   result, minimally, in a directive to leave class or you being reported to the Dean of
   Students for disciplinary action in accordance with university policy.

3. Toward the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete a teacher evaluation


You will be asked to prepare a term paper worth 100 points. The paper should be a
rhetorical criticism of a specific speaker and speech or speeches or a group of speakers and
speeches (e.g., a political campaign). This paper is due on Friday, April 23, 2010.
However, you will be asked to select your topic and prepare sections of the paper on a
regular basis beginning early in the semester. Dates and topics will be assigned during

Grading System:

1. There will be five quizzes given at approximately three week intervals. Each will be
   worth 40 points. There are no other tests.
2. The grading scale is as follows: 90-100% A; 80-89% B; 70-79% C; 60-69% D; 59% or
   below F.
3. There will be no makeup quizzes. Absences from quizzes will be handled on an
   individual basis.

For course policies concerning Academic Dishonesty, Student Absences on Religious Holy
Days, Students with Disabilities, and Visitors in the Classroom, see

List of Speeches Not Included in the Text (in order)

Clarence Darrow, “Against Capital Punishment”
Harry Emerson Fosdick, “A Christian Conscience about War”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Second Inaugural Address”
Huey P. Long, “Every Man a King”
Harry S. Truman, “Inaugural Address”
Richard M. Nixon, “Checkers” Speech
Adlai Stevenson, “Campaign Address”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Farewell Address”
Richard M. Nixon, “First Inaugural Address,” “Resignation Address”
Jimmy Carter, “Convention Acceptance Speech”
Ronald Reagan, “First Inaugural Address”
Barack Obama, “Inaugural Address”
Douglas MacArthur, “Address to Congress”
John F. Kennedy, “The Cuban Missile Crisis”
Edward M. Kennedy, “Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy”
Richard M. Nixon, “Resignation Address”
Ronald Reagan, “Address to the Nation on the Berlin Wall”
John Glenn, “The First American in Earth Orbit”
Frank Borman, “Christmas Greeting from Space”
Neil Armstrong, “The Moon Landing”
Lou Gehrig, “Farewell to Baseball”
Babe Ruth, “Farewell to Baseball”

Casey Stengel, “Address to Congress”
Hank Aaron, “Address to Congress”
Edward VIII, “Abdication Address”
Neville Chamberlain, “On His Return from the Munich Conference”
Winston Churchill, “Address to the Nation on the RAF”

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