Course Schedule

The following schedule is a tentative day-by-day plan for the semester. We may well find that we fall behind, and there is time built into the schedule to compensate. So revisions will be announced in class and you are responsible for such announcements.


Calendar Schedule

January 24, 29, 31

February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

March 5, 7, 12, 14, 26, 28

April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

May 2, 6, 9

Final exam

Last updated: May 9, 2013

Daily Schedule
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Date Topic

Do an Abstract #
Prepare for Class Discussion *

In Class Discussion Leaders
Jan 24

A Introduction to Course

B. Criticizing Public Discourse


Working with speeches


Read: R&K, pp. 1-22; and
"Guiding Your Inquiry into Public Addresses"

Watch: Obama 2nd Inaugural Address #*

Discussion: Obama, Second Inaugural Address


C. Public Leadership   Lecture: Rhetoric and Public Leadership
I. The Century Opens: 1900-1920
31 A. The Historical Moment

Read: Industrialization and Reform

Lecture: The Century Opens, 1900-1920

B. Industrial Radicalism

View: Jacob Riis Photos

Read: Upton Sinclair, The Jungle c. 14

Background: Industrial dislocation: Radical Voices

Feb 5  

Study: Mother Jones, RK, pp. 619-26 #*
Eugene V. Debs, RK, pp. 614-18 #*
Emma Goldman, "What is Patriotism?" #*

Discussion: Jones, Debs, Goldman,  
C. Progressivism

The Progressive Era and Woodrow Wilson and the Election of 1912

Background: Progressive movement


David Graham Phillips, "The Treason of the Senate."

Study: Theodore Roosevelt, Man with a Muckrake, RK, pp. 586-95 #*
Wilson's Inaugural, RK, pp. 596-600 #*

Discussion: Roosevelt & Wilson Speeches

D. American Imperialism

Read: World War I

Background: US Role in the World



Study: Albert Beveridge, RK, pp. 672-78. #
William Jennings Bryan, RK, pp. 679-89 #
The League of Nations Debate, RK, pp. 700-12 #*

Discussion: League of Nations Debate  
E. Suffrage Movement Read: Commentaries only, RK, pp. 627-655

Background: Suffrage Movement

14   Study: Carrie Chapman Catt, RK, 656-70 #* Discussion:Catt  
  Review for Exam
19 Mid Term Exam 1 (Snow Day if needed, February 21)
II. The Years of Tumult: 1920-45
21 A. Historical Context

Read: Depression and FDR

Read: Prelude to World War II and Pearl Harbor and Mobilization

  • Great Depression
  • Rise of Facism
B. The New Deal  
  • New Deal Rhetorical Form

Study(Watch): Franklin Roosevelt's First Inaugural, RK, pp. 747-51 #*
Study (Listen):  First Fireside Chat, RK, pp. 752-55 #*
Study (watch): Huey Long, "Share the Wealth #*
Watch: Father Charles Coughlin #

Discussion: Roosevelt's First Inaugural and Fireside Chat Paul Rowe
Kristin Hoover
C. World War II  
  • Motivating War on Facism
28   Study (listen): FDR's Arsenal of Democracy, RK, pp. 713-22 #*
Study (watch): FDR's Declaration of War, RK, pp. 730-32 #*
Discussion: FDR on War Kody Goldsmith
Dana Berber
Mar 5   Study (watch): "Prelude to War " #* Discussion: Prelude to War  
III. The Post War Years: 1945-90
5     The Post War Years  
7 A. Historical Context

Read: Breakdown of postwar peace
Read: The "Second Cold War"

  • The Cold War
  • Era of Social Movements
B. The Cold War  
  • Resources of Cold War Rhetoric

Study (listen): Winston Churchill, RK, pp. 774-78 #*
Study: Duck and Cover #*
Study: Dulles, RK, pp. 779-86 #

Discussion: Establishing the Cold War Kel Parsley
Alex McCurry
  • Historical Stages of the Cold War

Study and watch: Kennedy, RK, pp. 787-90 #*
Study: McGovern, RK, pp. 791-95 #*
Study and watch: Ronald Reagan, "The Evil Empire," RK, 796-803 #*

Discussion: Second Cold War Kel Parsley
Alex McCurry
C. The Age of Social Movements African American Civil Rights Movement
  • Rhetoric of the Movements of the 1960s
  • Civil Rights
26   Study: Martin Luther King, "Speech at Holt Street" #*
Study & View: Martin Luther King, "I Have a Dream," RK, 837-43 #*
Discussion: King Tanni Rednor
Kelsey Horton
Justin Anderson
  • Black Nationalism
28   Study (listen): Malcolm X, "The Ballot or the Bullet" in Detroit #* Discussion: Malcolm Shannon Gale
Zane Adoum
  • Feminism
Apr 2  

Study: "Men and Violence" #*
Steinem and Schlafaley, RK, pp. 864-77

Discussion: Feminism and ERA Kori Keyser
Oliver Bullley
Grace Sweeney
  • Gay Rights
4   Study: Milk #* Discussion: Milk Megan Stockhausen
Becca Wells
  Review for Exam  
9 Mid-term Exam 2 (Snow day, if we lose a day before the exam, April 11)
IV. End of the Century: 1980-2008
11 A. Historical Context  
  • Conservative Coalition
  • Globalization
B. Rise of Conservatism  
  • Rise of Conservatism
16   Read and view: Reagan, A Time for Choosing, RK, pp. 756-66#
Read and view: Reagan's First Inaugural Address, RK, pp. 767-772 #*
Discussion: Reagan's First Inaugural

Emily Selsky
Dan Greenbaum
Hafie Yallah

C. Globalization & 9/11  
  • Rhetoric of Globalization

Read and watch: Al Gore, Nobel Lecture, 2007 #*


  • 9/11: Motivating response

Read and watch: George W. Bush, Statement in Florida #*
Statement in Louisiana #*
Speech To Congress, RK, pp. 804-810 #*

Discussion: 9/11

Billy Gribbin
Alexa Oglesby
Arye Zucker

25 No class
30 D. Justifying War: Neo-Conservatism & the Case for Iraq Read: Just War and The National Security Strategy of the United States, esp. c. 5 #*
  • Just War Doctrine
  • Justification for War
May 2   Read & Watch: Bush 2003 State of Union, (from 41:20 into speech) #*
Powell, Speech to United Nations #*
Discussion: Justifying War Nancy Kim
Alex Aust
V. The New Century
2 A. Historical Context   The Agenda for the 21st century  
7   Watch: ABC on Rev. Wright
and Watch: Obama, Philadelphia Speech #*
Read and Watch: Election Night Speech #*

Discussion: 2008 Obama Campaign

9   Read and Watch: Obama, Second Inaugural #* Discussion: Obama Coalition  
    Review for Final  

May 13,
8-10 AM

    Final Exam