Where the Perfection Begins: Obama's Speech on Race

Author: Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Language Arts; Civil Rights; American History; African-American Issues

ISBN: 978-0-88092-823-6

Order code: 8236

Price: $17.50
Website price: $13.00

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Barack Obama's speech on race, given on the 18th of March, 2008, in Philadelphia, was not just a campaign speech; its theme was an issue that the nation cannot ignore, and it is the contention of this book that the speech is in the tradition of the great American statements of equality that began with the Declaration of Independence and include Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech.

Thomas Milton Kemnitz places Obama's speech in its political and historical context, sees it as part of a national conversation about race, analyzes the six parts of the speech, and breaks down how Obama conveyed his meaning by analyzing the vocabulary, grammar, poetic devices, and structure.

Obama described the issues of anger and bitterness that have led to the present situation. He discussed the common goals and aspirations of white and black communities, as well as the path along which Americans must travel to achieve unity and a better future for all.

This book provides insight not only into Obama as a speechmaker but also into Obama's approach to questions of race, to social and political conditions and problems, and to the way forward for the nation. The speech is distinguished by its adult and nuanced approach to the topics he discussed and by its respect for the intelligence of the voting public. Dr. Kemnitz believes that the speech will resonate and be remembered for many years to come.

The book is 6 inches by 9 inches. View sample pages and read excerpts here: Obama on race, where you can also view excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Kemnitz at Mt. St. Mary College, New York.

Update: 26 June 2015Obama's Eulogy in Charleston

Barack Obama's speech on race, given on the 18th of March, 2008, in Philadelphia, was not just a campaign speech; its theme was an issue that the nation cannot ignore, and it is the contention of this book that the speech is in the tradition of the great American statements of equality that began with the Declaration of Independence and include Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech.

Thomas Milton Kemnitz places Obama's speech in its political and historical context, sees it as part of a national conversation about race, analyzes the six parts of the speech, and breaks down how Obama conveyed his meaning by analyzing the vocabulary, grammar, poetic devices, and structure.

Obama described the issues of anger and bitterness that have led to the present situation. He discussed the common goals and aspirations of white and black communities, as well as the path along which Americans must travel to achieve unity and a better future for all.

This book provides insight not only into Obama as a speechmaker but also into Obama's approach to questions of race, to social and political conditions and problems, and to the way forward for the nation. The speech is distinguished by its adult and nuanced approach to the topics he discussed and by its respect for the intelligence of the voting public. Dr. Kemnitz believes that the speech will resonate and be remembered for many years to come.

The book is 6 inches by 9 inches. View sample pages and read excerpts here: Obama on race, where you can also view excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Kemnitz at Mt. St. Mary College, New York.

Update: 26 June 2015Obama's Eulogy in Charleston

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