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

Delivered in the year 1895, the Atlanta Exposition Address by 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 obst*****cles or challenges that black Americans may face in the path towards establishing ********** right ***** equal members of the white American society. Thus, ***** address ultimately calls ***** unity and cooperation between black and white ***** in order to generate a successful socio-economic force within ***** society.

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

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

***** of the primary steps towards identifying ***** elements ***** will be studied ***** the ***** analysis is to first identify the audience of Washing*****n's speech. This is vital, since the meanings explicitly ***** implicitly expressed through ***** style and rhetorical figures utilized in the speech ***** be applied in the context of the speaker's target audience. Analysis ***** the speech shows that it has the white (Northern and ***** whites) 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 ***** the phrase, "Cast down your bucket where you are," in order to entice the ***** Americans to cooperate ***** the American ***** (black *****s, specifically) in the path towards abolishment of ***** emancipation ***** slavery. Black Americans, meanwhile, are also targeted in the *****, and Washington ***** his fellowmen to discuss how emancipation can be both a privilege ***** ch*****llenge for their community. Emancipation from slavery is a privilege *****cause black Americans will now freely exerc*****e their individual rights ***** American society, but it is also a ch*****llenge because


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