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In an era when the value of the humanities and qualitative inquiry has been questioned in academia and beyond, Making the Caseis an engaging and timely collection that brings together a veritable who's who of public address scholars to illustrate the power of case-based scholarly argument and to demonstrate how critical inquiry into a specific moment speaks to general contexts and theories. Providing both a theoretical framework and a wealth of historically situated texts, Making the Casespans from Homeric Greece to twenty-first-century America. The authors examine the dynamic interplay of texts and their concomitant rhetorical situations by drawing on a number of case studies, including controversial constitutional arguments put forward by activists and presidents in the nineteenth century, inventive economic pivots by Franklin Roosevelt and Alan Greenspan, and the rhetorical trajectory and method of Barack Obama.
Kathryn M. Olson is Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Michael William Pfau is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Benjamin Ponder is an executive in the educational software industry. Kirt H. Wilson is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University.
Table of Contents
Reflections on Making the Case
The Beginnings of Oratorical Consciousness: Restarting Time in Homer's Odyssey, The Telemachy
Lysander Spooner's The Unconstitutionality of Slavery: A Case Study in Constitutional Hermeneutics, Ethical Argument, and Practical Reason
Kind Persuasion: Lincoln's Temperance Address and the Ethos of Civic Friendship
Andrew Johnson's Fight for States' Rights on the Battlements of the Constitution
No End Save Victory: FDR and the End of Isolationism, 1936-1941
Iraq as a Representative Anecdote for Leadership: Barack Obama's Address on the Fifth Anniversary of the Iraq War
Barack Obama's 2009 Inaugural Address: Narrative Signature and Interpretation
To Exist, You Need an Ideology: Alan Greenspan on Markets, Crisis, and Democracy
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