Speech Rhetorical Analysis

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To many people, President Lyndon Baines Johnson is memorized for being earnest, sympathetic, generous, self-sacrificing, and devoted to the American people; however, to others he was recalled as tyrannical, brutal, and selfish. Even as a young boy, he had inner monsters that would later affect his presidency. Johnson had an emptiness that he had a need to fill- whether from companionship, work, attention, or – most of all - approval. His neediness led to his always wanting to be the best at everything. Above all, he wanted desperately to leave a legacy to the American people of being the president who took civil rights further than anyone had, and who won the war on poverty. One of the effective methods he used to persuade others to his way of thinking was through his use of rhetorical device in his speeches. On March 15, 1965, a week after deadly racial violence had erupted in Selma, Alabama, where African-Americans were attacked by police while preparing for the march to Montgomery to protest voting rights discrimination - which would later be known as Bloody Sunday because of the number of people injured - Johnson addressed Congress, calling for immediate passage of the Voting Rights Act. The act outlawed discriminatory voting laws that kept blacks off the voting toll. The Voting Rights Act was not Johnson’s only attempt to bring equality to the “colored.” He hoped that his Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Higher Education Act would help children get out of
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