Rhetorical Appeals Analysis: John F. Kennedy's Civil Rights Address and the Delivery to the American People

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Spring 4-14-2021


On the eleventh of June, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, gave his Civil Rights Address following an Alabama University scandal involving unequal treatment of African American students. By using the three rhetorical appeals: logos, ethos, and pathos, he established his point and credibility to deliver a well punctuated speech addressing the mistreatment of African Americans in our country. Credibility, logic, and emotional support was hit on in this speech to provide a copious amount of information for the audience to reflect and gave them the opportunity to change their outlook on the way they live their life from that point on. Especially in present day, we as a society can use this speech to further educate ourselves on our duty to keep America free and treat all people of all culture and skin color with grace and respect.


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