Rhetorical Analysis Of A More Perfect Union By Barack Obama

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Luis M. Lerma ENG 1302.06 Professor Carlson Mar. 26, 2014 “A More Perfect Union” Barack Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union” was written during the 2008 U.S presidential election. This speech is also known as the “race” speech. The speech was sought to address the issue of race in American lives and it touched upon racial history and tensions in America. The speech responds to the video clip of Barack Obama’s pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, making comments against the government and America. Obama uses all three rhetorical appeals but relies more on the logos appeal to address the nation on their concerns of his affiliation with Reverend Wright. Logos is the logic used to support a claim; it can also be the facts and statistics used to help support the argument. Barack Obama carefully explains the problems with race in America, and gives logical solutions to the problems. For example, when he says “But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. “We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America ...

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