This study guide will help you analyze Barack Obama’s Selma Speech. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, analysis, topic, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances, and intention.
Presentation of the speech
Title: “Barack Obama’s Selma Speech”
Speaker: Barack Obama
Where: Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama
When: 7th of March, 2015
Barack Obama (b. 1961) served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African American to serve in this office.
Barack Obama’s Selma speech marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches, three protest marches organized in 1965 by non-violent civil rights activists as a reaction to African-American citizens not being allowed to register to vote.
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