COM 267 
Rhetoric of American Issues--1830 to the Present 
We will read speeches (possibly a few poems and essays) on a variety of issues of concern to the history of the US from a variety of public (and not so public) people.  Although our official jumping off spot is 1830--we will take a whirlwind tour of the US from colony to Independence.  Then we will turn to the meaty issues of the 19th century and follow them to the present.  Three particular themes will be followed as they work their way through history:  race, gender and economics.
Required Text
Diane Ravitch.  (1991).  The American Reader:  Words that Moved a Nation.  NY:  HarperCollins.
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