Barbara Jordan Speech Analysis

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On July 12, 1976, Barbara Jordan stood before the Democratic National Convention and delivered her historical keynote address. The importance of that evening, and the symbolism it possessed, was not lost on Barbara Jordan. She recalls the one hundred and forty-four year tradition of meeting to nominate a candidate emphasizing a time when it “would have been most unusual for any national party to ask a Barbara Jordan to deliver a keynote address” and that her attendance that night was evidence “that the American dream need not ever be deferred.” She knew this night was special because she, Barbara Jordan, was an African-American woman, the first to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. She. In July of 1976 the …show more content…
Evidence of ethos is shown in Jordan’s entire speech through her impeccable diction. Her words were eloquently chosen and deliberately spoken. She was precise in her pronunciation and paid close attention to the inflection of and emphasis on certain words. Jordan’s intelligence is unquestionable, her voice and tone exuded confidence. She reflected power and personal authority. Jordan’s character and high moral standards are displayed through her optimism, sense of and desire for a national community, and through her vision for the future. Barbara Jordan is the epitome of elegance and she demonstrates this when she states, “I could easily spend this time praising the accomplishments of this party and attacking the Republicans -- but I don 't choose to do that.” Her choice was wise as praise for one and attack for another would further polarize Americans and our two-party system, it would overshadow her vision for the future of the American people. As she continues, Jordan captivates her audience with appeal to their intelligence and the emotional state of the union. “I could list the many problems which Americans have. I could list the problems which cause people to feel cynical, angry, frustrated: problems which include lack of integrity in government; the feeling that the individual no longer counts; the reality of material and …show more content…
She was candid in her proclamation and vowed for there to be “no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It 's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny; if each of us remembers, when self-interest and bitterness seem to prevail, that we share a common destiny.” She was not guarded in admitting this and her sincerity warranted the approval her audience. Her sincerity was evidence of her

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