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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication


Cathryn Molloy

Vanessa Rouillon

Kurt Schick

Scott Lunsford


This project addresses two strands of inquiry that spring from this issue of evolving race relations in the U.S. First, I examine how Americans talk about the history of slavery in the U.S. What rhetorical strategies are employed when slavery is discussed and/or debated in public history contexts and beyond? Second, I examine talk about the future of race relations in the context of the legacy of slavery. Specifically, I am interested in exploring what rhetorical strategies are employed when discussing the potential for reparations in mainstream arenas.



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