CAS lesson 3 - Lesson 3 On April 4th 1968 Robert F Kennedy the democratic candidate for the next Presidential elections was in Indianapolis for one his

CAS lesson 3 - Lesson 3 On April 4th 1968 Robert F Kennedy...

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Lesson 3 On April 4 th 1968, Robert F. Kennedy, the democratic candidate for the next Presidential elections was in Indianapolis for one his campaign conventions when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Instead of cancelling his convention, he went ahead and delivered an impromptu speech to a mostly African-American crowd where he broke the news of King’s death. Kennedy’s speech consisted of numerous rhetorical devices, which effectively calmed an agitated and upset crowd. In this rhetorical situation, the speaker is Robert F. Kennedy, occasion is to inform and the public about Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, the message is to offer condolence and to ask the African Americans to be calm and not resort to violent measures, and the audience is the American African crowd. This assassination created an exigence in form of huge uproar among the African American community, which lead to numerous riots. Kennedy delivered this speech to address this exigence. In his initial gesture of asking people to put down the political signs, he made it clear
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