This assignment will have a special focus on the rhetorical pentagram, the language, and other rhetorical devices. It will go across the different forms of appeal and show how Obama uses them to his advantage. At the end, it will discuss the matter of the speech and get into the Afro-American population.
Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union” is about the Afro-American population. He starts off the speech by talking about American history in of which their founders got their declaration of independence. The right for every man to be equal and free, a right that was assumed to only benefit white people at the time.
“Patriots who had travelled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence…. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery” (Obama, 2008: A more perfect union, First part)
The way that Obama is putting it could be seen as negative towards the first Americans/the ones fighting for independence. When he says that “It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery” he could be referencing to the fact that not all men were equal after the declaration of independence, not everyone was free, and some were enslaved by their fellow Americans.