Rhetorical Critique Of Toombs' Address To Emory

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Comm-XXXXX-XXX for Dr. _______ | Robert Toombs’ “Slavery in the United States; Its Consistency with Republican Institutions, and it’s Effect upon the Slave and Society” | Critical Analysis | Dr. _______ Criticism of Public Discourse COMM-XXXXX-XXX October XX, 20XX Critical Analysis: Robert Toombs Introduction - 2 Historical Context - 2 Rhetorical Situation - 3 Exigence - 4 Speaker - 5 Goal/Purpose - 6 Audience - 7 Rhetorical Problem - 8 Rhetorical Strategies - 9 Evaluation - 10 Introduction The speech, “Slavery in the United States; Its Consistency with Republican Institutions, and Its Effect upon the Slave and Society” was given to a captive audience of southern intellectuals and debate students at Emory College in Oxford, Georgia on 1853. During his oration, he was both U.S. Senator and educator to his southern constituency, and most likely, the speech had resounding and incalculable effects on the mindset of the antebellum south leading up to the civil war. The purpose of this paper is to provide a neo-Aristotelian rhetorical critique of the speech, and conclude with an evaluation and some possible influences the speech had. Historical Context The speech “Slavery in the United States; Its Consistency with Republican Institutions, and Its Effect upon the Slave and Society” was presented by Robert Toombs before the Few and Phi Gamma debate societies at Emory Collage in Oxford, Ga. on July 20th, 1853. Emory College had been founded only 16 years earlier but already had a reputation as being a locus of proslavery sentiment and debate (Jamieson 55). The Phi Gamma and Few Societies were “Modeled after the literary societies of British Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge” (“About Emory Debate”). These literary societies were essential and productive in generating the southern world view not only in Georgia, but in the

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