Analysis of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Analyzing Robert F. Kennedy’s speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Assignment will be a 3-4 page (excluding cover page
and references) research essay analyzing a famous speech for
syllogisms, logical fallacies, and/or rhetorical appeals.
The famous speech is Robert F. Kennedy’s speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kennedy, the United States senator from New York, was campaigning to earn the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination when he learned that King had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Earlier that day Kennedy had spoken at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend and at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Before boarding a plane to attend campaign rallies in Indianapolis, Kennedy learned that King had been shot. When he arrived, Kennedy was informed that King had died. Despite fears of riots and concerns for his safety, Kennedy went ahead with plans to attend a rally at 17th and Broadway in the heart of Indianapolis’s African-American ghetto. That evening Kennedy addressed the crowd, many of whom had not heard about King’s assassination. Instead of the rousing campaign speech they expected, Kennedy offered brief, impassioned remarks for peace that is considered to be one of the great public addresses of the modern era.
Describe and then analyze the speech by identifying and explaining syllogisms, logical fallacies, and/or rhetorical appeals.
You should use a minimum of 3-6 sources (no Wikipedia) in support of your Assignment.
Writing expectations include competency in the following:
Verb Tense and Agreement
Introduction & Conclusion
Other Useful Tips:
Must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and typed in 12-point Times New Roman.
Do not use “too many” quotes and do not use any long quotes. I would rather have you paraphrase the authors. Besides, quotes do not count toward your page total (and I know you can do a better job paraphrasing)! If you use a quote from an author, you must provide a page number.