Rhetorical Analysis Of Lyndon B Johnson's Voting Rights Address

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Adapted from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights Address, he highlights the issue of voting equality for African Americans. He believes that this restriction against African Americans counters the ideals of the constitution. To support his argument, in great detail, Johnson describes the strenuous registration process African Americans must go through in order to vote. To convey strong urgency towards this issue, Johnson poses himself to be a regular American, to connect, and urge the audience to advocate for his cause. Combining all of these elements, Johnson provides a powerful and poignant argument that the audience can support.
To begin with, President Johnson evokes concern through his address to emphasize the importance of African-American voting right and urges the listeners to advocate for his cause. He believes the restriction placed on African-Americans violates the ideals of democracy and the Constitution. "The constitution says that no person shall be kept from voting because of his race... It is wrong- deadly wrong to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country." Not only Johnson advocates preserving the rights of African-Americans, he is urging to preserve the ideals of which America was founded on. …show more content…

“The African American citizen may go to register only to be told that day is wrong… and even a college degree cannot be used to prove that he can read and write.” The great detail Johnson describes evokes imagery on to the audience's mind, "stepping in" to the shoes of an African American, and seeing the ordeal he/she must go through in order to exercise a simple constitutional freedom. This process Johnson provides, allows the patrons to gain a better understanding of the issue presented and advocating for African American voting

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