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

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

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

The discussion and analysis of these rhetorical elements ultimately convey the argument ***** this paper, which posits that through ***** use of ***** elements, Washington managed to create an impression that he is for the em*****cipation of black Americans from slavery, but does not d*****count the fact ***** their emancipation means the continuing control of 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 the message that he is ***** willing to let the white Americans control black Americans as they are finding their way to become "independent" from the slavery system ***** ***** *****' prejudice and d*****crimination.

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

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