Episode 64

Obama's Famous Speech on Race: Part 1, with Special Guest Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting


April 12th, 2020

51 mins 44 secs

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About this Episode

Don't miss one of our best episodes yet! We break down one of Obama's most pivotal and influential speeches of all time with our guest, Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting, the author of The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union."

In this episode learn:

  • The words of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and what Obama had to contend with if he was to win his first term
  • What is the tradition of the Jeremiah, and how does Obama's speech structure differ?
  • Was Obama effectively communicating to both white and black voters seperately and simultaniously?
  • How candidate Obama's advisors set up the stage in order to make him look more patriotic
  • Creating a sense of fate and kismet through rhetoric
  • Was Obama just trying to appease white voters by appealing to their feelings?
  • Was this Obama's "speech on race" or something else?
  • And more!

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