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Wallace's Inaugural Speech Analysis

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Not only was Wallace’s inaugural speech a fervent “rallying call against Southern integration that branded him into history”, it also enhances many of the central themes covered in class such as the frequent appearance of illusions and images of the Old South and traditional Southern ideals (Settin' the Woods on Fire). Drawing on the strong influence of religious traditions that have long dominated aspects of the Southern life, Wallace frequently makes direct references to God and the belief that the people of Alabama were “blessed by God” to uphold what he deemed as Christian values (Wallace). Not only does references to God and Christianity strongly resonate with Southern culture and tradition, its influence on Southerners allows Wallace to establish direct authority and appeal to the ethnics and morals of his audience. Even …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how wallace's inaugural speech was a fervent "rallying call against southern integration that branded him into history". it also enhances many of the central themes covered in class such as the frequent appearance of illusions and images
  • Analyzes how wallace exemplifies the importance of religion by taking up the style of the traditional southern preacher with his aggressive claims of authority.
  • Analyzes how wallace's strong integration of faith in his speech parallels and enhances many of the media studied in the course, but it adds an in-depth understanding of religion on politics and the southern people.
  • Analyzes how wallace cultivates southern pride by evoking images of the old south which further highlights its timeless connection to southern identity.
  • Analyzes how wallace references famous figures of the confederacy to demonstrate his devotion to the traditional ideals of liberty and freedom.

“Alabama has been blessed by God as few states in this Union have been blessed …along the greatest people that have ever trod this earth” (Wallace). Furthermore, these two statements highlight the importance of religion to the southern people and the perceived notion of Christian supremacy which is deeply engrained into Southern history. Wallace further exemplifies the importance of religion by taking up the style of the traditional Southern preacher with his aggressive claims of authority and folksy tone. “God gives me the wisdom and the strength…to stand up for Alabama” (Wallace). By exploiting the region’s strong Christian faith, he uses the credibility of God to enhance his own

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