Barack Obama and Rhetorical History

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In this essay, I examine the definition and invocation of rhetorical history, a concept central to the work done in this journal. The essay briefly discusses the uses of history by rhetorical critics, turns to President Barack Obama's theory of (rhetorical) history and social change, examines his deployment of argument from history as a means to manage varied rhetorical problems, and concludes with some thoughts on his rhetorical history and ours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-224
Number of pages12
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015


  • Barack Obama
  • Pragmatism
  • Public Address
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Rhetorical History

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education


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