American Voices: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Orators
An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Orators
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Bernard K. Duffy is Professor of Rhetoric in the Communication Studies Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and author/editor of several previous Greenwood titles. He was also co-series editor for the Great American Orators reference series.
Richard W. Leeman is Professor and Department Chair of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author/editor of three previous Greenwood titles, including African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook (1996).
Contemporary public speaking remains an important part of our national life and a substantial force in shaping current events. Many of America's most important moments and issues, such as wars, scandals, election campaigns, September 11, 2001, have been defined by oratory. Here, over 50 essays cover a substantial and interesting group of major American social, political, economic, and cultural figures from the 1960s to the present. Each entry explains the biographical forces that shaped a speaker and his or her rhetorical approach, focuses mainly on a discussion of the orator's major speeches within the context of historical events, and concludes with an appraisal of the speaker and his or her contribution to American political and social life. All entries incorporate chronologies of major speeches, bibliographies including primary sources, biographies, and critical studies and archival collections or Web sites appropriate for student research.
Entries include high profile individuals such as: John D. Ashcroft, Elizabeth Dole, Jerry Falwell, Anita Hill, Ralph Nader, Ronald Reagan, Janet Reno, Gloria Steinem, Malcolm X; and many others. Excerpts of major speeches and sidebars complement the text. Ideal for researchers and students in public speaking classes, American history classes, American politics classes, contemporary public address classes, and rhetorical theory/criticism classes.
; August 2005
513 pages; ISBN 9780313061752Read online
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Title: American Voices: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Orators
Author: Bernard Duffy; Richard Leeman
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"Duffy and Leeman have compiled a collection of essays representing American orators since 1960….The 50 signed entries include every president since John F. Kennedy, politicians, activists, and jurists; despite its selective content the editors have made an admirable effort to represent all backgrounds. The introduction defines the coverage and discusses how the Internet, radio, and television have influenced rhetoric. Each essay includes a brief biography and examines key speeches made by each orator, complete with the events surrounding the speech and rhetorical analysis. Bibliographies accompanying each entry are among the strengths of this work. Information about research collections, collected speeches, biographical works, critical studies, and a chronology of the major speeches can be found in most entries. Primary sources, Web sites, books, magazines, and journal articles are among the many referenced entries. The accompanying bibliographic essay provides general sources on oratory and rhetoric that can be used by students and critics alike. This title will be useful for courses in public speaking and rhetoric, American history, and political science. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." - Choice