Rhetorical Analysis Of Fdr First Fireside Chat

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In the early days preceding the first fireside chat on 12, March 1933, the American people’s confidence in the banking system was at an all-time low. As the confidence in the banking system began to erode, people began to make runs and withdrawing all their money leaving the banks empty and foreclosing many of the smaller rural banks. Banks continued to close despite the government's best efforts, as a result, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (FDR) instituted the banking holiday on 6 March 1933: closing all the banks preventing people from withdrawing all their assets, foreclosing, even more, banks and making the situation worse. When the banks closed FDR started to initiate a plan to inform the American people about how the banks worked, what they do with the money, and how he and the government are going to solve the issue. …show more content…

With this I will look at FDR’s use of rhetorical concepts, using the materials that I have learned in class about rhetors and the audience. From his awareness in analyzing the audience's point of view, time, circumstances, and the audiences intellectual and ideological climate or what is collectively known as kairos. (WAW 330) I will attempt to analyze the use of Aristotle’s textual appeal in the first Fireside Chat: namely ethos, pathos, and logos and the effect on audience’s and their

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