Essay - Rhetorical Analysis of 'Atlanta Exposition Address (1895)' by Booker T....


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Rhetorical Analysis of "Atlanta Exposition Address (1895)" by Booker T. Washington

***** in the year 1895, ***** Atlanta Exposition ***** ***** Booker *****. Washington calls for the emancipation of black Americans from slavery, which includes as its audience both white and ***** Americans. The address also includes a discussion of the possible obstacles or challenges that black Americans may face in the path towards establishing ********** right ***** equal members ***** the ***** American society. Thus, ***** address ultimately calls ***** unity and cooperation between black and white *****s in *****der to generate a successful socio-economic force with***** Americ*****n society.

***** rhe*****rical analysis includes a study of rhetorical styles, figures, arguments, as well ***** the audience ***** Washington used and addressed in his speech, respectively. Rhetorical styles used include the speaker's subsistence to ***** rhetoric of fear ***** historical and socio-economic arguments, while ***** ***** utilized in the speech are anaphora, understatement, and situational irony. Also, through constant references in his speech, Washington addresses his call for emancipation of ***** Americans and unity of American society by targeting both the black ***** white American (both ***** the Southern and Northern regions ***** the country) *****s.

***** discussion and analysis of these rhetorical elements ultimately convey the argument of this paper, which posits that through the use of ***** elements, Washington managed to create an impression that he is for the ***** of black Americ*****s from slavery, but does not d*****count the fact that their emancipation means the continuing control of white Americans over the black Americans. *****, in effect, Wash*****gton argues for emancipation but does not extend this message with strength and instead, gave out ***** message that he is but willing to let the white Americans control black Americans as they are finding ***** way to become "independent" from the ***** system ***** ***** ********** prejudice and d*****crimination.

One of the primary steps towards identifying ***** elements ***** will be studied for the rhetorical analysis is to first identify ***** audience of Washington's speech. This is vital, since the meanings explicitly ***** implicitly expressed ***** the style and rhetorical figures utilized in the speech will be applied in ***** context of the speaker's target *****. Analysis of the speech shows that it has the white (Northern and ***** *****s) and black Americans (slaves and freemen) as his primary and target audiences. Reference to the white American audience is expressed in paragraphs 1 ***** 3, wherein the speaker entices them through the phrase, "Cast down your bucket where you are," in order to entice the ***** Americans to cooperate ***** the American society (***** Americans, specifi*****y) in the path towards abolishment ***** and emancipation ***** slavery. Black Americans, meanwhile, are also targeted in the speech, and Washington ***** ***** fellowmen to discuss how emancipation can be both a privilege ***** challenge for their community. Emancipation from slavery is a privilege *****ca***** black ***** will now freely exercise their individual rights within American society, but it is also a challenge because

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