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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Arts (MA)

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Several times in the past, the American public has faced the possibility of having no President because of his illness or death in office. The question arising from this situation is significant not only to citizens of this country but to the citizens of the world community as well. For this reason the writer was prompted to initiate an analysis of the speeches of Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana in his support of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The analysis of the speeches of a prominent person in our society carries a potential contribution to scholars in the of speech communication in that it may reveal the oral persuasive process used by one prominent person in his attempts to influence the beliefs, attitudes, and opinions of an audience. By examining the organization, supporting proofs, logic, language, and inventiveness, a partial reason for the passage of the amendment may have been discovered. This, it is hoped, was accomplished through the research and development of this thesis.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Bayh, Birch, 1928-2019 -- Oratory
Presidents -- United States -- Succession



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South Dakota State University